One hot summer afternoon in 1954 I was bundled onto a waiting train in St. Louis’ iconic Union Station. By noon the next day I was crossing this trestle leading to Minoqua, Wisconsin’s station. This was the beginning of my love of this small town in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Minoqua is an Island City (town) surrounded by Lake Minoqua and lined with rustic boathouses.

In the early days the area was frequented by movie stars, U.S. Presidents and eccentric millionaires. Earlier it was a hideout for gangsters like Al Capone or John Dillinger. People did not travel by car but “went into town” or visited friends by boat. Today I visit to relax, walk my dogs on the Bearskin Trail (the Trestle and railroad beds are now part of a trail system) and dine at one of the area’s Supper Clubs. Some still have bullet holes from shoot outs between the gangsters and FBI.

This is a tree shot HDR photo processed in Lightroom and Photomatix. Click here to see my photos of Minoqua’s boathouses. Click here to see the the town and the Northwoods.