Saturday, April 15, 2006

Snowmobile Capital of the World

Eagle River, Wisconsin, the Snowmobile Capital of the World, hosts the World Championship Snowmobile Derby every year around the middle of January. The 2007 derby will be held January 18 to 21, 2007, at the Eagle River Derby Track, P.O. Box 1447, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521; 715-479-4424; Fax: 715-479-9711. Web:

Address: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, 201 N. Railroad Street, P.O. Box 1917, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521; 715-479-6400; 800-359-6315. Email: Web: and

Friday, April 14, 2006

Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame

The Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame is located in St. Germain, Wisconsin, just down the road from the Snowmobile Capital of the World (see next entry).

In 1983, Mike Trapp, C. J. Ramstad and Loren Anderson were talking about the great and exciting history of snowmobile racing. Mike was a two-time Eagle River World champion and Loren had been a number one bib in open and 650 classes. CJ talked of the fantastic photo library he had which told the thrilling history of racing. Before that day's riding was over, the three had decided that a museum and a hall of fame should be created to honor the race drivers and to display their unique and exciting sleds. The idea for the Hall of Fame and Museum was born.

Address: Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, 8481 Highway 70 West, P O Box 720, St. Germain, Wisconsin 54558; 715-542-4488; Fax: 715-542-4477. Email: Web:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

World's Largest Musky Shop

Rollie & Helen's Musky Shop in Minocqua, Wisconsin is the World's Largest Musky Shop. That's what their catalog says, and I don't doubt them. At their store, you can get anything you want having to do with catching, mounting, or displaying musky.

Address: Rollie & Helen's Musky Shop, 7542 Highway 51 South, Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548; 715-356-6011; 800-453-5224; Fax: 715-356-5719. Email: Web:

Friday, April 07, 2006

Rock Album Cover Locations

Chris Epting, author of Elvis Presley Passed Here and other cultural history travel books, has a wonderful page on his web site that features the actual locations that were used in the cover art of major rock albums by The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne. You really have to visit this page:

Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album . . .