Log Cabin in Mineral Point Wisconsin

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Log Cabin in Shake Rag Alley © 2010 Bo Mackison

We visited one of my favorite towns in southwestern Wisconsin this weekend – Mineral Point.

As one of the oldest settlements in Wisconsin, this is a town filled with much history, and also with many, many old buildings. The photograph is of one of the original cabins in Mineral Point, built about 1828.

See the little concrete elf peeking out the window? Love that elf!

Do you notice the little surprises in life that bring an added dimension of joy to your life?

Mining was big in Mineral Point from 1827 until the 1860s.

Roughly half the citizen’s had their roots in Cornwall. Lead ore was abundant if you were willing to do the work, and at peak, the town’s miners and furnaces were producing nearly 44,000 pounds of lead every day. The original homes of some of these Cornish miners have been restored at one of Wisconsin’s State Historical Sites, Pendarvis.

And this town even comes with its own bit of trivia.

Q: What famous TV game show host was born and buried here?

A: Allen Ludden, host of Password in the 1960s and 70s. Remember Allen Ludden on Password? Remember when he and Betty White were married? They were married for nearly 18 years, until his death in 1981.

Ludden ended each show with a password of the day. I loved collecting those words; even as a child I loved to play with words. I wrote the daily passwords in a black and white notebook after every show. He would end the show the same way every day, although the word, of course, was always different.

“And the password of the day is appreciate. So long, see you tomorrow, I hope.”

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.

Comments

  1. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Most long time residents of Mineral Point seem to take the history and the old buildings for granted. Seeing how other people photograph and appreciate the buildings I drive past every day is always an inspiration to me.

  2. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Most long time residents of Mineral Point seem to take the history and the old buildings for granted. Seeing how other people photograph and appreciate the buildings I drive past every day is always an inspiration to me.

  3. Looks like they have kept that cabin in good shape! Just looking at that door makes me want to go inside and back into history.

  4. Looks like they have kept that cabin in good shape! Just looking at that door makes me want to go inside and back into history.

  5. Very nice historical note. The town sounds fascinating. Do you have any close ups for those quintessential Bo texture photos? I always love the way you capture the texture of older objects.

  6. Very nice historical note. The town sounds fascinating. Do you have any close ups for those quintessential Bo texture photos? I always love the way you capture the texture of older objects.

  7. I love that elf too! Haha.

  8. I love that elf too! Haha.

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