RHINELANDER - Some people can't wait for new cars to come on the market, but a group of people here in the Northwoods can't wait to drive their cars that changed the market a century ago.
Model T owners from all over the state are members of the Dairyland Tin Lizzies Model T Ford Club.
"We're just a group that own Model T's. We like to get out and drive them around. We have events such as what we have here now this weekend, at least one a month throughout the year," says Dairyland Tin Lizzies Model T Ford Club member Bob Bruso.
About 20 members spent this Labor Day weekend touring the Northwoods in their vintage cars.
People stopped to look at the old cars driving down the street.
"We've got a little local tour of the Northwoods here. We're going to start out here in Rhinelander. End up up in St. Germain, at the snowmobile museum, up to Sayner for lunch, back to Eagle River down to Clearwater Lake to the Petroleum Museum, the winery in Three Lakes, naturally. And then back to Rhinelander," Bruso added.
Ford created the Model T in 1908 and produced them until 1927.
People also called them "Tin Lizzies."
Ford made the Model T to give the common man an affordable car.
The model made up as much as 40 percent of the cars on the road.
ANTIGO - In one way, Antigo Silt Loam isn't all that special.
"The reason the Antigo Silt Loam soil was selected wasn't that it represented the whole state, or exists throughout the whole state, or that it was the most productive," said Matt Ruark, an associate professor in the Soil Science department at UW-Madison.
But in 1983, it was selected as the official Wisconsin state soil for a special reason.
"It was the most uniquely 'Wisconsin,'" Ruark said.
ANTIGO - When the Kretz family started the Kretz Lumber Company here in Antigo in 1929, they built part of the original saw mill with hemlock that grew near the property. Now, a piece of hemlock far older than that serves as a reminder of the company's rich history.
RHINELANDER - North Brown Street is now open and parking is also available. It has parallel parking spots and angled spots. Restaurants have already noticed an increase in business after the street opened late last week.
"We had very good business this weekend. We were very glad that before Friday they were opened. They opened the roads so our Friday Fishfry was back to its normal pace," said Bucketheads server Ashley Hull.
"Last weekend when it opened up, of course it was packed out front. Everyone's using it and I think everyone's getting used to the new parallel and angled parking. I know it was a big shock for everyone that it was going to happen, but everyone's embracing it and getting used to it," said Rhinelander Café & Bar co-owner Brooke Johnson.
The Davenport Street Bridge is still closed, but it's getting closer to opening. Once that happens, downtown will be even easier to access for people coming from the west side of town.
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