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May 22, 2010 - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Today, we drove and drove, 360 miles. We left the prairie behind for the forested hills of southwest Wisconsin. We wanted to reach Spring Green today, so we could visit the House on the Rock and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin tomorrow. There was nothing in-between of note, so we just kept going. We missed our exit at LaCrosse, so we crossed the Mississippi 3 times on two different bridges, over and back and over again. Interesting! After all that sitting,our legs aren't working too well tonight; but the long drive gave us a great...

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Jul 30, 2009 - The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock was our tour for today. Ever since we said we were going to be in Wisconsin, Sue’s dad kept saying we needed to go to the House on the Rock. Since it was just down the road from Spring Green we went. It was worth the trip. It takes about 4-6 hours to walk through the entire complex. It’s more than a house. It’s a combination of museum and off-beat art gallery. The guy that built the house in the early 40’s was Alex Jordan. It opened to the public in 1960. They are still adding to it. The place is divided into 3...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Taliesin

We visited Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and workshop outside of Spring Green, WI today. The tour took us through his residence and some of the grounds of what is now a large estate which includes an active farm, architectural school, and visitors center. The house is typical FLW, but unfortunately it is in disrepair. The foundation that maintains it is struggling to raise money for maintenance and restoration. FLW, his family and students used Taliesin about 6 months a year. Before winter set in, they all moved to Taliesin West in...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Wisconsin River Scenic Byway & Spring Green

Our route to Spring Green, WI was along the Wisconsin River Scenic Byway. As its name implies it follows the Wisconsin River, the longest river in Wisconsin. It runs through an area of limestone bluffs, farmland, and dairy farms. Our camp is located on the shores of the Wisconsin. We’ll spend 3 days in Spring Green.

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Jul 27, 2009 - July 10, 2009 The House on the Rock

Quote From: House On The Rock Field review by the editors RoadsideAmerican.com House on the Rock Spring Green, Wisconsin "Alex Jordan, Jr. wanted to teach Frank Lloyd Wright a thing or two about architecture. The lesson started years ago. Jordan's dad, a budding architect, had been dismissed at Wright's Taliesin home, near Spring Green, with the declaration, "I wouldn't hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop." Soon after, the senior Jordan chose a pinnacle rock south of Taliesin to build a parody of Wright's fancy-pants...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Peaceful Spring Green

Some places just have a feel to them. It’s not always something specific that I can point to, like lots of trees or oceanfront view. Those are the easy ones. It’s the ones that at first glance are nothing special, yet you feel at home. That’s how I felt at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green, WI. The park is quite large in size, but not in number of sites. The sites are spacious and grassy. It was never full while we were there, so they were smart, and usually assigned campers to alternating sites, so there was frequently an empty...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Not Taliesin -- the rest of the Spring Green area

If you're confused by the date, no, your calendar isn't wrong! We had such lousy internet connection in the Appleton area (no satellite access through the trees and a terrible campground wi-fi system) that I'm behind in my updates. So I'm gradually catching up here but keeping the dates roughly in line with where we were at the time. Although the main focus of our trip to Spring Green was Taliesin, we were there long enough to sample some of the other attractions of this charming area. I mentioned in the last post the musical and artistic...

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Jun 15, 2009 - Taliesin

Before getting to today's post, I wanted to be sure you saw the prior entry, which was an update on the subject of Amish quilt patterns painted on barns in Iowa. My friend Marty Mason came up with the explanation, which is posted there. We came to Spring Green mostly to see Taliesin and visit with our friends here. Our friend Effi Casey has been more than generous in showing us around and extending the hospitality of Taliesin. On Saturday we spent some time driving around Spring Green and visiting the Taliesin Visitor Center and a couple...

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Jun 12, 2009 - An update on quilt patterns

I knew someone would know, and I should have thought of my old (as in long-time) friend Marty Mason in the first place -- she knows everything! I got the following e-mail from her regarding the painted quilt patterns that we saw on Iowa barns, complete with links to pages explaining some aspects of the project: Just the other day I read something about a group painting quilt patterns on barns as a state tourism project. Here are two links on the Iowa barns. Barn Quilts Barn Quilts too Thanks, Marty!

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Jun 12, 2009 - Spring Green, Wisconsin -- Wright country

Wednesday we moved on to a nice campground just outside of Des Moines IA. After going through Kansas and Nebraska, where many of the farms and small towns look sort of scruffy and not terribly prosperous (although there are certainly a number of large farms that look very successful), it was a nice change to get into Iowa. Everything looks very green, the fields are neatly fenced and planted or plowed and the houses and barns are painted and look in good repair. Again, there are exceptions, but not many. As we moved through Iowa we noticed...

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May 7, 2009 - The House on the Rock, WI

The first picture is a pretty little lake that we camped at near Fairmont, MN. We only have 9,999 more to see. We stopped at Crystal Lake in Lodi, WI so that we could take a day trip to The House on the Rock in Spring Green. Alex Jordan began the construction of the house in the early 40's and it sits atop a 60 foot chimney of rock called Deer Shelter Rock. It opened to the public in 1960. Mr. Jordan believed that sights and sounds were the most effective means of stimulating the senses. He wanted his guests to question his creation, to...

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