Small towns are what make up the most of Wisconsin’s heartland. They’re the home of nice people, quaint shops and the kind of Midwestern sensibilities that we love. If you live in small town Wisconsin, you know what I’m talking about.
These 14 teeny, tiny Wisconsin towns might pass in the blink of an eye when you’re on the road, but they’re downright delightful:
In the southwest part of the state where 191 meets 39, this little town of 288 on the Pecatonica River is peaceful and delightful.
When state Hwy 161 ends at Hwy 91 in Winnebago County, you'll find Waukau. With a population of just 255 people, this small town has produced six different members of the state government.
Tucked way up north in Bayfield County and nestled in the Camp Nine Pines State Natural Area, Delta's famous for their diner that's as likely to have cars as snowmobiles in the parking lot. Just 273 people call Delta home.
4. Van Dyne
An unincorporated town of 279 people in Fond du Lac county, Van Dyne is a true Wisconsin small town as they still manage to have a supper club!
5. Deer Park
Just 216 folks call this tiny town just north of I-94 near the Mississippi River home. Maybe most famous for the rotating sign shown here, it's one of the reasons you wouldn't be able to blink and miss Deer Park.
Just 343 people call this small down between Wausau and Eau Claire home. A popular spot for hunters, you can see why there might be a need for the business pictured here.
Named for a 19th century railroad builder who settled here, the area is known for its outdoor recreation and ATV trails. The population of just 266 helps keep things quiet.
8. Mount Sterling
South of La Crosse but not all the way to Prairie du Chien, Mount Sterling was planned by - and named for - State Assemblyman William T. Sterling in 1842. You don't want to miss the cheese co-op here.
The 253 people of Genoa live nestled right along the Mississippi River near the Minnesota/Iowa border.
This little place is just south of Tomah right where I-90 and I-94 split. You've probably stopped here and don't even know it.
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Officially the smallest recorded town in the state, Eland's 202 people are in Shawano County, outside of Wausau. The lush surroundings and awesome outdoor activities make it an ideal spot.
12. La Pointe
A mere 261 residents call this small town on Madeline Island home year-round, though that number swells in the warmer months. La Pointe gives all the charm and access of being on the Apostle Islands with a whole lot less fuss and tourists.
Many of the 355 people in Granton are Amish. Located on Highway 10 between Marshfield and Osseo, it's a remote little farming village.
Also located on Highway 10 but on the other side of Marshfield, Milladore is also in Amish country and has just 276 residents.
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