Few People Realize How Much Railroad History Is Preserved In The Small Town Of Ladysmith, Wisconsin
By Ben Jones|Published April 06, 2023
Ben Jones is at heart an adventurer who delights in inspiring others. A former reporter and photojournalist, he explored towns large and small as a Wisconsin correspondent for USA Today. He later became a lead photographer and senior copywriter for an award-winning destination marketing agency, before founding Boldland Creative, a company that produces photography, video, and other content for travel destinations. Jones has completed photography and content projects in more than 15 states and when he’s not looking through a camera or at his Macbook you’ll find him exploring the world’s lakes and forests.
The little town of Ladysmith has been a railroad town since its earliest days. It was founded at the intersection of a major railroad and an important river and more than a century later, it still lives its railroad history. There are admission-free train displays right in Ladysmith – it’s a free Wisconsin attraction that’s a must-visit if you’re a train buff. Here’s what you need to know.
The Rusk County Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. The boxcar and caboose at the Visitor Center are open during the summer season, or by request at the center. Learn more on the Rusk County website. There’s even more to discover in Rusk County. If you head west you’ll run straight into an ancient mountain range.
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