Prairie du Chien

Gastronomic Time Travel

Prairie du Chien, my home town, is Wisconsin’s second oldest city and the home of Wisconsin’s first millionaire. Hercules Dousman made his fortune in the fur trade in the early 19th century. I grew up looking at a picture of the family mansion, the Villa Louis, on the Ahrens Dairy milk cartons at breakfast every morning. The Villa is a historic site that attracts visitors all year long.

The Villa Louis

The Villa Louis

Last weekend we were invited for breakfast. Actually it was a special event on the Villa’s calendar called “A Victorian Breakfast.” (more…)


Wisconsin’s Second Oldest City

My friends Jim and Cathy Stevens were intrigued by a public television program about Prairie du Chien, so I offered to give them a guided tour. They brought their grandson Caden along and we spent the day enjoying some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful scenery.

Hyde's Mill

Hyde’s Mill

Our first stop was one of the scenic attractions of Iowa County, Hyde’s Mill. (more…)