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Old May 7th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #21
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Old May 7th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #22
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Old May 7th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #24
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While driving home the sky started to clear so I got off the main highway and took a detour through rural St Croix County to take a couple photos of classic western Wisconsin countryside.



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Hudson, Prescott and River Falls are in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro but Menomonie isn't. It is 60km (40 miles) east of Hudson. The scale of the map is a bit deceptive as Wisconsin is pretty big.

While the rural parts of the state aren't packed with towns like in more densely populated areas they are fully settled so the emptyness is relative. Most of the countryside is pastoral farmland, only the north is wildernesslike.
Ok, thanks for the explanation. The countryside on the last pictures gives me a good idea.
Some of the suburban houses are real pieces of art. It's nice to see this, because most people in my country (including me until a few moments ago)think that American suburban architecture is dull and uninteresting.
I also like the square-shaped brick houses in the town centers. Is this a common building style in the midwest?
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Wow, that's lovely.
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Old May 7th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #27
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There are some brick houses but wood is more common. Typically brick was used for commercial building while wood was used for houses. This part of the Midwest was originally settled for its' lumber industry, it was only after the forests were cleared that farming became the big thing. The result of this was that lumber was extremely inexpensive through the early 20th century so wood was the construction material of choice for houses.

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Some of the suburban houses are real pieces of art. It's nice to see this, because most people in my country (including me until a few moments ago)think that American suburban architecture is dull and uninteresting.
I also like the square-shaped brick houses in the town centers. Is this a common building style in the midwest?
Just to clarify, most of the houses you will see in this thread are examples of traditional pre-WWII housing that exists in towns and cities across the Midwest, and really can't be considered "suburban". In the US, we consider these houses historic jewels, and many people pour a whole lot of love and money into restoring and preserving these homes.
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Some fabulous homes, full of character - and those big, wide-open spaces...
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Wisconsin looks very nice, I especially like the last picture

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Just to clarify, most of the houses you will see in this thread are examples of traditional pre-WWII housing that exists in towns and cities across the Midwest, and really can't be considered "suburban". In the US, we consider these houses historic jewels, and many people pour a whole lot of love and money into restoring and preserving these homes.
I would say that most people here would probably call it suburban, but the connotation of 'suburbia' is a bit different.
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Awesome pics! Nice state)
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Old May 12th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #34
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Beautiful state, beautiful pictures, very quiet this place. I personally would not live there, but does not denying that it's beautiful
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Old May 12th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #35
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Great photos! I love that cute little white church!
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Thanks for the comments.



Trempealeau County is in the Driftless Area, a hilly region of western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa that didn't experience glaciation during the last ice age. It is also known coloquially as Mississippi bluff country because it is full of steep bluffs and the Mississippi River flows through the middle of it. Between the three states it covers an area about the size of Belgium. In 1679 this area was explored by the French explorer Louis Hennepin. In the first half of the 18th century the French had a minor colonial presence, building Fort Beauharnois a little further upstream near present day Frontenac, Minnesota. Fort Beauharnois was abandoned during the French and Indian War and the region returned to being a dimly known backcountry of indians and fur trappers. In 1805 Zebulon Pike surveyed the area during his expedition to find the source of the Mississippi and American settlement began in the decades after. These photos are from the Trempealeau National Wildlife Reserve along the Mississippi River, while they were taken in Wisconsin some of the bluffs photographed are in Minnesota.

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What I love about the U.S ( and Canada - even though I've yet to visit) is the sense of space and vastness that you get once you leave the heavily populated areas: real 'frontier' feeling and spirit.
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I've driven between Minneapolis and upstate New York a number of times, a drive like that really gives you an idea of how huge the US is. It is 20 to 24 hours depending on how fast you drive and what time of day you hit Chicago. Even states like that look smallish on a map (like Ohio) take forever to cross.

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Fountain City was founded in 1839 as a spot for Mississippi riverboats to take on firewood and water. It got its' name from nearby springs. The population is a little under 900. I had never been here before but I liked this town a lot, it has good density and built form for an American town of 900 people. It also had some cool stuff, like architecture that looked like it was straight out of a Hollywood western, big hills, a good restaurant, and a winery (there are some vineyards outside of town).

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