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Road Trip Through Wisconsin

Ugh, I hate when summer starts coming to a close.
Another class starts for me this week.
It's cooler outside.

Vacation seems so long ago! Let's re-live some of it, shall we? Just for the sake of holding on to summer a little longer.

While Trevor and I were driving "up north" to get to the cottage we stayed at, we had more than a couple of hours to kill. So I pulled out our gazetteer and started following along with where we had been and where we were going. 
I realized I kind of have an obsession with maps! I just find them so interesting... which is weird.
I digress.

So we're driving down some highway passing through tiny little towns and I realize that you guys need a lesson in Wisconsin town names! A lot of the names of cities in Wisconsin are Native American... so they have sounds that a lot of people {who aren't from Wisconsin} have difficulty with. You'll see what I mean in a minutes. We have some names that are quite the doozie! Get ready, get set, because here are some fun names!

Take your best guess... how would you pronounce these?

Nothing about Ke$ha here... it's {Waw-ka-shaw}

Now, these next ones aren't too hard to pronounce, but they're significant for a reason - maybe you know them!

Oshkosh: home of Oshkosh B'Gosh. The company was bought out by Carter's but there are still some OBG stores out there! Oshkosh is also home to a lot of big festivals every summer. EAA, Lifest, Country USA, Rock USA, and on and on.

Chippewa Falls: Titanic anyone? This is where Jack says he's from... and he makes it sound like Chippewa Falls is in the Arctic {when in fact, it's not really that far north}.

Waldo: I've never been there, but I think it's sweet that people will actually, legitimately ask "Where's Waldo?!"

New Glarus: Home of New Glarus Brewing Co. which may be one of Trevor's favorite places on Earth. But really, they have some yummy beers. Trevor loves Spotted Cow or Fat Squirrel while I love Belgium Red {it's made with a whole pound of cherries in every bottle; so good!}

Lastly, Three Lakes looks like it's home to quite a few more than just THREE lakes...

So, how'd you do? Could you pronounce the names of the towns and cities correctly? Are there some odd names of places near where you live?


  1. Being that I am from Wisconsin myself, I got all the pronunciations right. :P But I still enjoyed your post. :)

  2. Wisconsin represent! I can pronounce all of the words. (lol) but when I was living in California, it was hilarious to hear my roommate pronounce the city names when they asked where I lived.

    i couldn't help but wonder...

  3. Interesting post. You should try some Maori names! Cheers

    PS You have probably been busy. Just a wee reminder that it would be great if you followed Carole's Chatter back. Cheers

  4. I got most of them right - but I grew up in Minnesota so I had some practice with Minnetonka, Owatonna, and Isanti. I worked at a summer camp in Three Lakes, WI! There are WAY more than 3 lakes and many of them were connected by rivers. You could canoe from our camp to town - it took a long time, but you could do it :)


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