Kenosha Journals

The Wisconsin Series: Road Trips from Milwaukee #2

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An October 2013 trip to Kenosha by MilwVon

Wind Point Lighthouse Photo, Racine, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: Another beautiful fall day to be out for a road trip! This one took me south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan with stops at a couple of wonderful lighthouses. I also visited a couple of museums while in Kenosha. The day was around 100 miles and seven hours round trip.

Road Trip From Milwaukee to Kenosha

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This is about a 100 to 120 mile (round trip) day trip from Milwaukee. I spent a lovely October Sunday getting out to see a bit more of what's along Lake Michigan, between my city and the state line with Illinois. I was surprised at just how much is out there to see and do.Since my first stop would be the Wind Point Lighthouse & Museum in Racine, I continued my journal on to the Southport Lighthouse & Museum along the lakefront. As I passed through the City of Racine, I noted the Racine Zoological Gardens aka "the zoo." While I did not stop, I can provide folks with some information. They are open 365 days per year and charge $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for kids ages t...Read More

Dinosaur Discovery Museum

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Attraction | "Interesting Exhibit of Fossils"

Dinosaur Discovery Museum Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is presented in partnership with the Carthage College's Institute of Paleontology. When you enter through the main lobby, you will be in a large exhibit hall with an extensive collection of fossils and cast reconstruction of skeletal remains from meat eaters as well as birds that lived here during prehistoric times. As a federal repository of artifacts, the collection and research performed here is world-class.Due to the technical and scientific terminology, I will quote from their website: "The main gallery of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum tells the story of how non-avian, theropod dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Allosaurus gave rise to the avian din...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2013

Dinosaur Discovery Museum
5608 10th Avenue
Kenosha, wisconsin
262-653-4450

Kenosha History Center

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Attraction | "Outstanding Historical Representation of Kenosha's Rich Past"

Kenosha History Center Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Many people do not know what an important role the port city of Kenosha played in the development and growth of Wisconsin as a major industrial area on Lake Michigan. Back in the day, it was the fifth largest port in all of the Great Lakes. It became a center for auto manufacturing and other industries necessary to support it. Because of how industrialization swept across America, many businesses have since come and gone including that very same auto industry.Founded in 1878, the Kenosha County Historical Society serves the mission of "preserving the past to teach the future" and operates not only this museum, but also the Southport Lighthouse and Museum which are located adjacent to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2013

Kenosha History Center
220 51st Place
Kenosha 53140
(262) 654-5770

Southport Light Station & Museum

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Attraction | "Unique Cream City Brick Lighthouse"

Southport Light Station & Museum Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Two of my favorite legacies of Lake Michigan history . . . yellow cream city bricks from Milwaukee and a beautiful 1866 lighthouse and keepers' quarters . . . all in one destination attraction! The SE coastal area of Wisconsin has a unique soil composition, high in limestone. This is important to the light station in Kenosha for two reasons. First, the lighthouse was build on an island that was too soft and porous to withstand the weight of the first two buildings built to aid in navigation into what at the time as the fifth busiest port on the Great Lakes. Before building the current tower, soil from the inland had to be brought to what was then known as Washington Island in order to have the foun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2013

Southport Light Station & Museum
4725 Lighthouse Drive
Racine 53402
(262) 639-3777

Take in a Museum (or Two)

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Kenosha Public Museum Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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In addition to the museums reviewed in this journal, Kenosha is home to a couple of other museums of possible interest to visitors to SE Wisconsin.The Kenosha Public Museum is located in the recently revitalized area of the City of Kenosha near the harbor. It is a large and beautiful modern building located right along the trolly line for those who want to park the car and utilize public transportation. For anyone who would prefer to drive, there is ample free parking directly in front of the museum. The street address is 5500 1st Avenue.The Kenosha Public Museum has permanent exhibits as well as several special exhibits on display for a limited period of time. One of the m...Read More

Wind Point Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Remarkably Well Preserved"

Wind Point Lighthouse Photo, Racine, Wisconsin
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Thanks to joining the US Lighthouse Society's "Passport Program" earlier this year, I learned about this lighthouse treasure located less than 45 minutes from Milwaukee. As I started my research of this and several other Lake Michigan lighthouses, I learned that this one has a rather limited season with "tower climbs" only offered a handful of times throughout the summer and early fall. Looking at the calendar, I marked October 6th as the date I would make this trip in conjunction with my day trip to Kenosha.The lighthouse was built and went into service in 1880 and has remained a navigational guide for over 130 years. While the lighthouse was converted from oil fuel to electricity in 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2013

Wind Point Lighthouse
4725 Lighthouse Drive
Racine 53402
(262) 639-3777

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MilwVon

MilwVon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin