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Bong Bridge Wisconsin

One of the Bong bridges – The Richard Bong Bridge – Wikimedia Commons

There are two places in Wisconsin where every time a person drives by they immediately snicker when they see the sign. The first is Bong Recreation area just south of Milwaukee off interstate I-94 and the Bong bridge spanning between Superior and Duluth.

Bong Bridge Wisconsin

Another of the Bong bridges – Bong Bridge in Richard Bong Recreation Area

The name has nothing to do with the illicit activity practiced by wanting to increase their adventure by mind altering substances. No, these signs are in honor of an American hero. Richard Bong was America’s most decorated pilot in World War II, and he hailed from Superior, Wisconsin. There is also a museum in Superior dedicated to his memory.

Bong Recreation area near Milwaukee has a sign off the interstate that for years have been a target for local thieves. I wonder how many people have a Bong Recreation sign in their room? Because of the controversial name, the park prefers to be called by its full name: Richard Bong Recreation Area.

Bong Recreation Area

Bong sign off of Interstate 94

The featured picture in this post comes from a bridge in a swampy area in the recreation area. There are also pictures of the sign from the interstate and coming into the recreation area.

Richard Bong Recreation Area

The sign at the entrance to the park gives the proper full name

Bong Recreation area is actually a really cool place and worth the trip. Click this link to hear about the abundant adventure activities in the park.

The Richard Bong Recreation Area is part of the Wisconsin State Park system. There is a fee system to enjoy all of these parks. For more information on the fees click here.


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