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Hodag to appear on Travel ChannelSubmitted: 08/23/2013
RHINELANDER - We all know the Hodag is both fierce and awesome.

Now the whole nation will know...or at least, anyone watching the Travel Channel.

Travel Channel producers picked up the Hodag for their show, "Mysteries at the Museum."

The segment will get into the history of the Hodag and logging life in the Northwoods.

Historical Society volunteers are happy about that.

They hope the national attention will bring more people to the museum and historical complex.

"The exposure is important because especially now adays people don't have time to think or read a lot about history, and that's our purpose: to preserve and present Rhinelander's history," says Rhinelander Historical Society and Museum President June Thiel.

This isn't the Hodag's first brush with fame.

It was featured on Scooby Doo last August.

It gained national attention back in the late 1800s when Gene Shepherd created the mythical creature.

It became so famous the Smithsonian in Washington, DC became interested.

"He didn't admit that it wasn't real until the Smithsonian was sending some scientists up to see this because the name at that time, the Hodag, the fame of it, traveled outside of Rhinelander, outside of the state, into the whole United States," Thiel explains.

The "Mysteries at the Museum" episode about the Hodag airs on the Travel Channel Aug 29 at 8pm.

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