Montello Granite Mine

The kiddie targeted tourist trap offerings of water parks and crowded boat rides in the Wisconsin Dells don’t greatly appeal to Storm.  I think he partook of all he could stand of that entertainment brand on our last visit.  But I need a one day break from cleaning the RV, so we strike out to visit local sights less awash in dripping bathing suit clad masses.  We wander north and stumble upon the waterfall adorned Daggett Park in Montello.

Produce Stand
Produce Stand near Montello

Four waterfalls ring an abandoned red granite mine here.   Now a lovely small downtown park, the red granite once mined here was made famous by the fact that the stone for Grant’s Tomb was chosen from this site.  Both the General’s and his wife’s sarcophagi are crafted from stone mined here.  In order to win this distinction, this granite beat out a few hundred other samples from competitors worldwide.

Montello Sights

Fish Ladder
Storm surveys fish ladder at Montello.  Migratory fish climb these ladders in the Spring to work their way upstream.
Lotus pads
Lotus pads
Daggett Park in Montello
Daggett Park in Montello

 

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow Stormy (my personal full time RV mechanic and repairman) and me as we travel all over the US in our Country Coach RV. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks we learn!

2 Replies to “Montello Granite Mine”

  1. jim & sandy dukeman says: Reply

    I think our grand son and his family are going to go to the dells when they are here with the kids. They should have a great time with a 2 and 5 year old. We are in OSH and having trouble with our engine, radiator fan is not working and hope to find a way to get it fixed tomorrow. Give us a call when you get here. GOD BLESS
    JD
    Jim

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I am just glad you made it here safely. It was wonderful visiting with you last night!

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