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Seniors Drop By Beaver Dam


I remember Beaver Dam well as my uncle Frances had a dance hall near East Dubuque, Illinois and he would place upcoming dance notices in Beaver Dam. Senior travelers will find Beaver Dam, whose population is around 16,000, located 38 miles northeast of Madison, Wisconsin and 55 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Beaver Dam was originally inhabited by the Fox, Sauk, Chippewa, Kickapoo, Winnebago, and Sioux Indians. The first white settler of the area was Thomas Mackie and his family who arrived in 1841. The first dam of the area was constructed in 1842. The City of Beaver Dam, named by the early settlers, was founded in 1836 and  incorporated in 1856.

8486fe0d5af444ddb60dfab6135b9bf8 The Old Beaver Dam Museum and Dodge County Historical Society Museum provide absorbing insights into the history of this area. Higher education facilities are nearby at Moraine Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and Waukesha County Technical College.

 Seniors Discover Rogers Cinema 5

An outstanding Community Theatre presents several productions annually and residents participate in the Beaver Dam Area Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus.

The Community Concert Association presents a variety of programs, featuring regionally and nationally recognized artists. Wayland Academy, America’s oldest co-ed boarding school, offers great college preparation in the heart of Wisconsin.


 Senior visitors in October can enjoy Harvest Fest and senior visitors in December can enjoy The Holiday Parade.  Rogers Cinema 5  is a pale pink box building with no sign, no marquee, and nothing of any visual interest at all, besides a cluster of movie posters and a series of pilasters and fake windows cast into the drab stucco above.

Buried somewhere in the murky depths of this, underneath it all, is a historically significant structure. The Davison Theatre opened on this site back in 1911.


 Seniors Enjoy Seasonal Activities

TripAdvisor suggests seniors visit the Schultz Cheese Haus.  Beaver Dam is home to one of only 2 Kraft Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese processing plants in the nation. Taste of Wisconsin is a craft beer and cheese tasting event featuring only products made in Wisconsin.

The city features two racetracks including Beaver Dam Raceway. If you enjoy sprint car racing, this track has an average of 90 to 110 cars participating every Saturday night.

The city maintains nineteen parks, among which are several with fishing piers and boat ramps. Seasonal activities abound for Beaver Dam residents and senior visitors. Beaver Dam Lake is 14 miles long, and has over 41 miles of shoreline. It is especially well suited for speed boating, sailing, and provides excellent summer and winter fishing. Besides fishing, the lake is well suited for water-skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting.


This picturesque community, located in south central Wisconsin on Beaver Dam Lake, is surrounded by rich farmlands.

Both my daughters were educated in Wisconsin, so my wife and I…from Iowa, hold the state in high esteem. Enjoy your visit. -jeb





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