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Boy researches ghost town of Bagdad, found near Crandon

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 09/14/2021 3:18PM, Last Updated 09/14/2021 9:13PM
Crandon - Kyle Kieper from Germantown, Wisconsin, recently researched a ghost town called Bagdad near Crandon.

The ghost town of Bagdad had very little evidence that it was even there, but after researching it, Kieper found lots of archives.

This past weekend Kieper presented his findings at the Forest County Fair.

Kieper was interested in ghost towns and visited one in Kentucky, which made him wonder if there were any in Wisconsin.

He found newspaper archives from the Forest Republican and the Echo.

"I just started looking up Wikipedia and just websites about it and then just looked at the newspaper archives and tried to find as much stuff as I could," said Kieper.

Kieper visited the area where the town was and only found one sign and a 1921 survey marker.

When Kieper first found out about the ghost town he contacted Michelle Gobert, who works with the Crandon Area Historical Society and the Forest County UW-Extension.

"We do a lot of work on encouraging youth to engage in their history, and it just so happens that Kyle contacted me," said Gobert. "He's not from Forest County but it was great to be able to connect him to some resources."

Both Gobert and Kieper say they encourage other people to learn more about their local history.
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