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Rogers Street Fishing Village

2102 Rogers St.
Two Rivers  Wisconsin  54241
United States
(920) 793-5905
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Midwest Living Review

Melanie Radzicki McManus
Learn about Two Rivers' intriguing French-Canadian fishing heritage at this well-done museum.

People have been fishing commercially in Two Rivers since 1837, making it Wisconsin's oldest, continually operating commercial fishing community. And it got its start in the business thanks to the French-Canadians. To celebrate both its commercial fishing and French-Canadian heritage, the city created the Rogers Street Fishing Village.

The colorful, attractive fishing village ($4) has several components. The main building, which sits along the East Twin River, houses a tiny gift shop. Out the back door are the main displays. First, there's a restored 1936 fishing tug you can walk through; it contains information on how the tugs worked. Three adjacent buildings, connected by a boardwalk, have displays on all the facets of commercial fishing here in the 19th and 20th centuries: setting gill nets, harvesting ice from the river, combating invasive species that threatened the industry, etc. Just beyond the buildings, the top of the old Two Rivers lighthouse is on display; you can climb up to it for a bird's-eye view of the river and town.

One of the newest additions to the museum complex is the spacious combination Coast Guard-Shipwreck Museum. The museum contains several collections of artifacts from area shipwrecks, displays on how the French-Canadians set up house in Two Rivers in the 19th century and a small Coast Guard section. Scattered throughout are related paintings created by artists with local ties.

The fishing village packs a lot of interesting information into an attractive facility you can get through in about an hour. It's worth the price of admission.

August 17, 2012

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