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Caddie Woodlawn Histrorical Park

Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park is one of more than 20 highlights on a tour of historic Southern Dunn County on Oct. 19. The park and its surroundings is the setting for the 1935 Newberry Award winning book Caddie Woodlawn. It is considered a classic and is still a popular story read by thousands of children throughout the world.

Scenic and historic southern Dunn County is the setting for a coach tour Oct. 19 led by local historian Bruce Gardow with the Dunn County Historical Society. The history of the region is full of interesting characters and great stories.

Participants will travel to many sites including Downsville, home of a Knapp-Stout lumber mill and nearby sandstone quarries; Rumsey’s Landing, which served the wheat farms surrounding Fall City; Caryville, where a ferry crossed the Chippewa River until 1964; and Tyrone, where plans to build a nuclear power plant were thwarted in the late 1970s.

The tour will dip into Durand in Pepin County, which was part of Dunn County until 1858, and wind up in the Dunnville area, once the county seat and home to the last stop upriver for Knapp-Stout steamboats. Nearby is Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park, where participants can tour the home of a pioneer family that inspired the 1935 Newberry Award-winning children’s book Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.

Even those who grew up in Dunn County will learn something.

The three-hour tour will depart from the Rassbach Museum in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park at 9 a.m. Oct. 19. Cost of the tour is $30 per seat, $25 for Dunn County Historical Society members. Advance reservations for the tour can be made at the Rassbach Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday), or with credit card by phone at 715-232-8685. Seating is limited to 60 participants.

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