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Local News Published 09/14/2021 03:18 PM, Last update 09/14/2021 04:26 PM
Crandon –Kyle Kieper from Germantown, Wisconsin recently searched for a ghost town near Crandon.
The ghost town of Baghdad had very little evidence that it was even there, but after researching, Kieper found numerous records.
Last weekend, Kieper presented his findings at the Forest County Fair.
Kieper was interested in ghost towns and visited one in Kentucky, which made him wonder if there were any in Wisconsin.
He found Forest County newspaper archives.
“I just started looking on Wikipedia and websites about it, and then I looked through the newspaper archives and tried to find as much as I could,” Kieper said.
Kieper visited the area where the town was located and found only one sign and a survey marker from 1921.
When Kieper first discovered the ghost town, he contacted Michelle Gobert, who works with the Crandon Area Historical Society and the Forest County UW-Extension.
“We do a lot of work to encourage young people to be involved in their story, and Kyle happened to reach out to me. He’s not from Forest County, but it was great to be able to put him in touch. with certain resources, ”Gobert said.
Gobert and Kieper say they encourage others to learn more about their local history.