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Beloit is a Hip & Historic City

Written by Vanessa Orr. When I think of the Midwest, I picture farmland as far as the eye can see. And while much of the area is extremely rural, I was surprised on a recent visit that Beloit is a hip city with a thriving art and cultural scene, as well as the fantastic farm-to-table cuisine that you’d expect from America’s heartland.

*Please note: Clara Bo & Gatsby Wine Bar is closed permanently.

Home to Beloit College, the oldest college in the state, the town has a cool urban vibe mixed with a healthy respect for its history. Walking across campus, for example, you can still see the 20 conical, linear, and animal effigy mounds built by Woodland-era Indians between AD 400 and 1200. The mounds are protected under the Wisconsin burial law, and many still contain Native American remains. The rare animal effigy mound in the shape of a turtle has since become the inspiration for the college’s baseball team, the Snappers.

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