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September 2009 Odd Wisconsin

Guiding Light Stays Bright in Madison

The soap opera Guiding Light, which went off the air a week ago after 72 years, remains alive in the Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. According to the New York Times, it was "the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history." After 15 years on radio, more than 15,000 televised episodes were produced before the plug was pulled last Friday....
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Posted in Curiosities on September 24, 2009

Opera House Ghost

In Encore! The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses author Brian Leahy Doyle tells the chilling story of a devoted opera house employee who refuses to vacate the premises...despite having been dead for more than 40 years. The brain-child of five local businessmen, the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh first opened its doors in 1883. Designed by architect William Waters,...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on September 18, 2009

Milton House Secrets

Today the Milton House in Milton, Wisconsin, is well-known for its history as a stop along the Underground Railroad. What most people don't know is that six early Milton residents were laid to rest beneath the floor of its underground tunnel, which ran between the Milton House inn and original owner Joseph Goodrich's log cabin. In 1850 a cholera epidemic...
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Posted in Curiosities on September 10, 2009

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