Great River Road 12 - The Grotto, Dickeyville, WI

Rocks, shells, petrified fossils, minerals, pottery, coral, glass and more are set into cement to fashion an other-worldly set of patriotic and religious scenes.

One of the downsides of driving with 10K of RV on your back is that you can’t always stop quickly when you see an interesting roadside attraction.

This time, I could.

We were following the Great River Road through some small towns in Wisconsin on a sunny and mild Sunday afternoon. I first saw the sign for the “Holy Ghost” church and at passing speed mistook the dove for an actual shape of a ghost.

While chuckling at that my eye caught the unusually-shaped building next to the more traditional looking church. I lucked into some street parking a block away and we walked back to enjoy the Dickeyville Grotto.

You can read more about the work on the Grotto website, but the basic story is that the entire Grotto was built by one Catholic Priest between 1925-1930.

Why?

This is the closest I could get:

The main reason why it was done I could not reveal. The last day will tell you more about that. I can only say that Almighty God and his Blessed Mother, in whose honor we worked, blessed us in such a way that ‘we built better than we knew.’ Rev. Matthias Wernerus

I love this running across this kind of small town, quirky and almost inexplicable attraction. The Grotto reminded us of Queen Califia’s Magic Circle in California.

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI is made up of everything Miranda would collect.

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI is made up of everything Miranda would collect.

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

The Grotto in Dickeyville, WI

I thought the Dove was a ghost. I still think it should be.

I thought the Dove was a ghost. I still think it should be.

Been There?

Have you been to The Grotto? On purpose or by accident?

2 Comments Great River Road 12 - The Grotto, Dickeyville, WI

  1. Picture of KerriKerriOctober 24, 2015

    This looks like something our family would like. We’ve rarely met a piece of folk art or a roadside attraction we didn’t like.

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