Manitowoc - Wisconsin's Maritime Capitol

There is a city on the edge of one of the greatest of the Great Lakes – Michigan – by the name of Manitowoc, to which I have wanted to journey. The name itself has the ring of Native American Heritage. The Indians called it mune-owk, and it meant “spirited land.” Manitowoc hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Its heritage is one of rich maritime history, fur trading and the lumber industry. I invite you to read about our treks there and to plan one of your own.

The S.S. Badger in Manitowoc

A Weekend in Manitowoc, Part 1

The S.S. Badger is a huge vessel with all the amenities aboard, including restaurant and lounge facilities, a movie theater, children’s play areas, a small maritime museum and a well-stocked gift shop. One can ride inside in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy... Read more


R. Karl at the site where a piece of Sputnik landed

A Weekend in Manitowoc, Part 2

To most people, what I saw in the street in Manitowoc would probably go totally unnoticed; many would find the small brass ring in the very middle of the street, marking the location of... Read more


West of the Lake Gardens

A Weekend in Manitowoc, Part 3

We scored some brand new 15-speed Schwinns and headed north on the brand new Mariners Trail bike path that followed the Lake Michigan shoreline from Manitowoc all the way to... Read more


Courthouse Pub

Courthouse Pub Restaurant Review

And although we had dressed up for the evening, other diners’ attire ranged from casual to formal. We were immediately supplied with fresh water, butter and warm bread and told... Read more