Imagination blends with history and scenery along Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. In the 1820’s and 1830’s Cornish miners came to the area to mine lead on the hill opposite the alley. When it was mealtime, their wives would shake a rag to signal for them to come eat, hence the name ”Shake Rag.”
The miners are gone, but historians and residents rallied to save some of the structures for posterity. Later artists of various sorts came as well with imaginative creations such as this stump turned into a mushroom-like citadel. We could not help but recall stories from Fairy’s aunt Beulah, telling of a legendary Stump King that once ruled the forest with benevolence. It provided a fitting feeling for this magical, historic place.