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What is a Hodag?

Location: Rhinelander

by @Destiny_hikes_wisconsin on Dec 11, 2018

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you a few posts about my trip to Rhinelander, Wisconsin this week!

This amazing travel agency group called Wisconsin Travel Best Bets and Explore Rhinelander were kind enough to send me on a mission to explore all that Rhinelander has to offer!

It’s impossible to go to Rhinelander without seeing hundreds of green little monster looking things. But WHAT ARE THEY? And WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

I had to do some serious research to learn about all things Hodag in preparation for my trip!

Here’s what I learned from Explore Rhinelander’s website:

“The Hodag was first discovered by timber cruiser, land developer and merry prankster Eugene Shepard in 1893. The Hodag was the centerpiece of the 1896 Oneida County Fair and has lived in Northwoods legend ever since.

Patching together eyewitness accounts, rumor, legend and speculation, several aspects of the Hodag’s appearance start to become clear:

A larger-than-life representation of this fierce beast can be found outside the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, 450 W. Kemp St.”

Here’s an info-graphic that Explore Rhinelander made to simplify the Hodag!

Stay tuned because later this week I’m going to show you more Hodag-related things…even a HODAG STORE!

P.S. Wisconsin Travel Best Bets also featured me under their Wisconsin Travel Experts page! Check it out and be sure to follow all the other Wisconsin Travel Experts!

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