It's "Hallo-week" so in this new episode of The Cabin podcast, Mariah and I are finishing up our "Haunted Wisconsin" series by exploring ghost towns around the state and sharing some of their stories.
If you haven't realized it from our previous few episodes. Wisconsin can be a much spookier place than many people realize. Some ghost towns are now part of other towns: Ulao and Port Ulao, for example, are now part of the Town of Grafton. You might recognize Ulao from the road still named after this former ghost town; you can even see a remnant of the town just off the I-43 exit at Highway 60; just to the east of the interchange, a restaurant called Juice's Ghost Town Tavern sits as the railroad crossing. That's where Ulao used to be, and Port Ulao was just to the east on Lake Michigan; once a bustling port, little remains of the long dock that once served ships.
Along with Ulao, we discuss Belmont, Wisconsin's first territorial capital; Pendarvis, which is now a State Historic Site in Mineral Point; Cooksville, a settlement along Highway 59 with a little store that was once the heart of town; Couderay, which has some gangster history; and Dover, one of many towns that became ghost towns in the 1800s when they were bypassed by the railroads. Some towns became ghost towns after being wiped out by fire, like Sugar Bush, a victim of the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. We discuss these towns and more, so check out The Cabin on iHeartRadio, on Apple Podcasts, or stream it below. Boo!