Sunday, August 16, 2015

Monroe, Wisconsin

Looks like we will be experiencing 3 seasons in the quaint town of Monroe at the Green County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds were not open to RVs when we arrived in WI in early April for me to start work at the Monroe Clinic Hospital Laboratory. We spent a month at the Lena KOA just across the line in IL. Moving to Monroe allowed me to walk to work so we were able to share one vehicle while working opposite each other. I worked weekdays and Rollie worked evenings and weekends when softball/baseball season started in May.

Monroe is the county seat and has a beautiful courthouse in the middle of the town square.

Green County courthouse on farmers market day

It was settled by Swiss and German immigrants and still is considered by some to be the cheese capital of the USA. The National Historical Cheesemaking Center is housed in the Monroe visitor center. There are many award-winning master cheesemakers in town. The only place still making Limburger cheese is just outside of town. Swiss Colony started in a garage in Monroe, is still based here and is the town's largest employer.

Monroe Clinic, which includes the hospital where I work, has clinics in many small towns in the area. The main clinic is attached to the hospital and our lab serves all these facilities.

Monroe Clinic Hospital

Monroe Clinic
The fairground is only 9 blocks from the hospital and 8 blocks from the square. There are 2 resident RVs besides ours staying the whole summer. The other 2 couples have been RVing for many years, are retired and spend winters in AZ. They have been very helpful for us newbies!
Our little RV enclave 
The original livestock building

The fairground office and exhibit hall

The grandstand. There used to be a horse track on the other side but now the rodeo, tractor pull
and musical events are held there

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