Sometimes, a second act can be really extraordinary, such as in the case of the Garver Feed Mill, once one of the abandoned places in Wisconsin. The boom times were long over for an old feed mill in Madison, and it was abandoned, left to crumble away in the elements. A big effort was launched to save the old mill, and while we won’t find any workers loading bags of feed here anymore, we’ll find something pretty remarkable inside. Here’s what’s happening at the Garver Feed Mill, one of Wisconsin’s best reclaimed spaces.

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Learn more about this cool building on the Garver Feed Mill website. You may want to also visit the adjacent and beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens. And while you’re in Madison, stay awhile and reserve a room on Booking.com.

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Abandoned Places In Wisconsin

What are some of the abandoned places in Wisconsin?

You might want to check out 13 abandoned buildings across Wisconsin that are creepy yet beautiful. Here are a couple worth noting.

  • St. Ambrose Church (St. Nazianz): This statuesque, early Gothic Revival Church was built in 1898 and abandoned 84 years later in 1982. Some controversy developed over Father Oschwald, a priest who served there and was later suspended because of his "mystical, prophetic, and heretical works." He and his followers created a community or cult known as The Association of Oschwald Brothers and Sisters. Father Oswald became sick in 1873 followed by some weird happenings. It is reported that while he was dying, a pounding emanated from the walls of his room and other homes in the community which continued until he died. Some say his spirit never left and it is one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin.
  • Abandoned Railroad Swing Bridge (Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee):  Built in 1915, the Swing Bridge #1556 was an impressive piece of engineering for its day, pivoting from the center. One of a few still in existence in the state, the bridge once carried 100 steam-powered trains per day, making its construction an imperative cog in the industry on the rail route between Milwaukee and Chicago. Now sitting about a half mile south of the site where the once thriving Chicago & Northwestern depot stood, until 1968, at the foot of East Wisconsin Avenue. The 800-ton, 243-foot-long bridge carried the double-track main line of the Chicago and Northwestern railway over the Milwaukee River. A plan is in place to repurpose the old structure. Read the full report of the bridge on this City of Milwaukee pdf.

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