Join us on Wednesday, October 11 to visit two historic sites in Grant County Wisconsin.
The second week of October is typically the peak of fall colors in Southwest Wisconsin, so please enjoy the scenery as we travel across Dane, Iowa and Grant counties.
Our first stop is the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums in Platteville. This includes a professionally guided tour of the Bevans Lead and Zinc mine dating from 1845 to include the underground mine (90 steps down), and above ground mining exhibits, indoor and outdoor.
The mine tour enters and leaves by a well-developed concrete stairway, 90 steps, with handrails. This equals about 6 trips from a residential basement stairway or three full flights of stairs in a commercial building such as a hospital. There is no elevator.
The mine is surprisingly “open” and developed, it is well lit, passages are not narrow and the ceilings are well-above head level. But it is cool and damp inside, the floor is largely packed gravel and there may be drips of water from above.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing. Please dress for the weather, per the forecast for Platteville WI on October 11, and for the mine, which is about 55 degrees. We will spend very little time outdoors: a few minutes during the mining tour, crossing the road in Potosi and walking to and from the bus at two stops.
For those who do not wish to enter the mine, there is a virtual video tour in the museum area.
The Jamison Museum hosts a collection of historic objects used by people in Southwest Wisconsin over 80 years; a walk through time.
There is also a small local art gallery in the building. However, it is accessible only via a flight of stairs.
Learn more about the Jamison Museum by visiting its website.
Our next and final stop: Potosi Brewery Restaurant.
We will travel a short distance to Potosi, one of Wisconsin’s early towns, for lunch at the newly refurbished Potosi Brewery (1852) Restaurant followed by free time to visit the shops and small museums on the brewery grounds.
Potosi is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin and it boasts the longest continuous main street in the United States.
We will be served a lunch in a private dining area of the old brewery with the Mayor of Potosi and local historian, Frank Fiorenza, our luncheon speaker.
Lunch at the brewery is a buffet consisting of hamburger, hot chicken or vegetarian sandwich, chips and house salad, coffee and water. Other beverages, including Potosi beer and local wine, may be purchased at the bar.
After our meal you are free to browse the brewery area. There is a small transportation museum and, at additional cost, an historic brewery museum.
Directly across the road is a restored saloon, a gift shop with coffee and ice cream parlor, and the tasting room of a local winery. There is also a woodworker’s gallery and shop and a lovely garden.
Discover more about the Potosi Brewery online.
Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.
The mine is accessed only by steps but a virtual tour is available. The Potosi Brewery area is fully accessible.
Guest Policy. Members must register their guests.
Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.)
Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.
ItineraryBear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Platteville on time to begin our adventure.
– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.
7:15 AM Bus arrives at East Towne Sears to begin boarding
7:45 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes
8:15 AM Arrives at Oakwood University Woods
8:20 AM Departs for Platteville (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard
9:50 AM Arrive Jamison Mining Museum, Platteville
1:00 PM Arrive Potosi Brewery and Restaurant
3:30 PM Depart for Madison
Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)
5:00 PM Oakwood University Woods
5:20 PM Capitol Lakes
5:35 PM East Towne Sears
Platteville Mining Museum and Potosi Brewery Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):PLATO Members Form
For further information, Platteville/Potosi field trip organizer, Mike Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org and 608-443-9563.