Rhinelander in Oneida County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
For years Shepard exhibited the Hodag at county fairs in a dimly lighted tent, controlling its movements with wires. Many spectators believed the animal was real. Shepard would assure them that he had captured it on "Section 37" and that it ate "nothing but white bulldogs and those only on Sundays."
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 191.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 45° 39.117′ N, 89° 24.708′ W. Marker is in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in Oneida County. Marker is on Hodag Park Drive west of Messer Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Hodag Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rhinelander WI 54501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Rural Zoning Ordinance (approx. one mile away); Veterans Memorial Monument (approx. one mile away).
Also see . . . Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce. About the Hodag. (Submitted on July 24, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.