There’s a lot to see in Rusk County, including some interesting historical attractions. Historic railroad cars are located in Ladysmith—view Old Smoky at the intersection of Highway 8 and the train tracks and Sweet Soo on Highway 27, two blocks south of Highway 8. The Rusk County Historical Society maintains a 13-building museum complex on the county fairgrounds, including the Little Red Schoolhouse and a fully furnished lumberjack cabin. For tour hours, call 715-532-5615.

The arts are alive and well in Rusk County. Local artists create everything from pottery and paintings to nature photography and jewelry. A number of artists live and work in the area. Their work can be viewed at the Fine Arts Center in Ladysmith and in private galleries throughout the community. The Flambeau Valley Arts Association brings high-caliber performances to the area. Chalice Stream presents world-renowned dance performances. And, art lovers should not miss Toad House, a gallery, artisan bakery and museum of children’s picture book art.

Pay a visit to the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Site on the banks of the Flambeau River. Enjoy great waterscapes as well as excellent trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. If you are looking for indoor fun, see a matinee at the historic Miner Theater in downtown Ladysmith or enjoy an afternoon of bowling.

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