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Midweek Adventure

August 5th, 2015

Imagine my delight when I realized Ashland was named in the top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Wisconsin. And I am only a short 40 miles east!

Located on the southern shore of Lake Superior, the Ashland area offers world-class fishing, spectacular waterfalls, hiking and unparalleled nature-watching.

But as I browsed around the historic downtown I found an eight-block area of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community’s pride in its rich history is evident in its 17 vibrant murals highlighting a particular aspect of Ashland’s colorful past, depicting subjects ranging from the city’s lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin,” making the city a year-round public art destination. I didn’t find them all, however you can see them all at: http://www.visitashland.com/murals/

Asaph Whittlesey Mural, Ashland's first mural depicts founder of Ashland in 1854.

Asaph Whittlesey Mural, Ashland’s first mural depicts founder of Ashland in 1854.

Aviation Mural celebrates Ashland’s early aviation history.

Aviation Mural celebrates Ashland’s early aviation history.

Dhooge Store Mural was painted from actual photographs.

Dhooge Store Mural was painted from actual photographs.

Grace & Fred Campbell

Grace & Fred Campbell

Historical Ellis Avenue Mural

Historical Ellis Avenue Mural

 Joseph Dvorak

Joseph Dvorak

 Joseph Rappata, Joseph Kriskovich & John Johnson

Joseph Rappata, Joseph Kriskovich & John Johnson

Lumbarjack Mural. For this mural the artists  sent out a call for old photos of lumberjacks who worked in this region.

Lumbarjack Mural. For this mural the artists sent out a call for old photos of lumberjacks who worked in this region.

This mural depicts the Ashland Ore Dock, the largest concrete dock in the world of its time.

This mural depicts the Ashland Ore Dock, the largest concrete dock in the world of its time.

The top portion of the mural is a “to scale” painting of the ore dock itself, including every properly numbered ore chute. The lower section includes 21 “postcards” telling the history of the varied uses of the structure over the years.

The top portion of the mural is a “to scale” painting of the ore dock itself, including every properly numbered ore chute. The lower section includes 21 “postcards” telling the history of the varied uses of the structure over the years.

Located near the historic Soo Line Depot Building, this mural represents both the Soo Line and Chicago and Northwestern rail lines that served Ashland.

Located near the historic Soo Line Depot Building, this mural represents both the Soo Line and Chicago and Northwestern rail lines that served Ashland.

The Storefront Mural features a variety of architecture found in the Ashland area.

The Storefront Mural features a variety of architecture found in the Ashland area.

Veterans Mural. All the veterans painted in the mural are actual people from the area.

Veterans Mural. All the veterans painted in the mural are actual people from the area.

The owner of this building wanted to honor the woman that helped raise him.  At her funeral the artist saw this photo of Florence dressed as a waitress and it became The Waitress Mural.

The owner of this building wanted to honor the woman that helped raise him. At her funeral the artist saw this photo of Florence dressed as a waitress and it became The Waitress Mural.

The Storefront Mural features a variety of architecture found in the Ashland area.

The Storefront Mural features a variety of architecture found in the Ashland area.

Not only is Ashland full of culture, but amazing food for the foodie in me, too! Naturally I treated myself to an authentic Mexican dinner at El Dorado followed by a scrumptious handmade marzipan truffle from Gabriele’s German Cookies & Chocolates. I’m already planning to visit Sixth Street Market’s for their award-winning bratwurst, available in a mind-boggling 38 flavors!

Ashland Gabriele's German Sweets

I’m going to check my calendar. What are you going to find in your area this week?

Big Bens Gyros Pita Planet bus

Big Bens Gyros Pita Planet bus

Big Bens Gyros Pita Planet

Big Bens Gyros Pita Planet

Rock River Inn Bass

Rock River Inn Bass

Boudreau's Antiques and Collectibles outside Ashland.

Boudreau’s Antiques and Collectibles outside Ashland.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.