February 17th Update: Spotlight on the Dickeyville Grotto (Big "M" Route)

The word Grotto means an artificial cavern or cave. The Grotto, in Dickeyville, WI is actually a collection of them and should be on your list of places to stop on the Big "M" Route.

Located on the Holy Ghost Parish grounds, the Grotto is the work of Father Matthias Wernerus, a Catholic Priest, Pastor of the Parish from 1918 to 1931. His handiwork in stone, built from 1925-1930, is dedicated to the unity of two great American ideals-love of God and love of Country. These religious and patriotic shrines were constructed without the use of blueprints.

It is a creation in stone, mortar and bright colored objects-collected materials from all over the world. These include colored glass, gems, antique heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites and stalactites, sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, and a variety of corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, ores, such as iron, copper and lead, fool's gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst and coal, petrified wood and moss.

Admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated for the continued upkeep of the Grotto. Don't forget to visit the gift store on your way out!

We appreciate those who took advantage of our Valentine's Day sale! Don't forget, even though it may not feel like it lately, spring is just around the corner. We have everything you need to start planning those spring/summer/fall rides. Check out the Driftless Store !

We have some exciting new routes coming soon...more information on this will be released in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Until next week, stay safe and be well,

Dale and Renee

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