Above: Mercer, Wisconsin is the "Loon Capital" of the world and has the world's largest talking loon (Claire d'Loon).
Mercer, Wisconsin - The "Loon Capital" of the world.
Mercer is a town located in southern Iron County, Wisconsin and has a population of less than 2,000 (1,732 per the 2000 U.S. census). The town is located on Hwy 51 south of Ironwood, Michigan and ajacent to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. The community of Manitowish is within the town of Mercer.
A wildlife study found Mercer had the highest concentration of common loons in the world. Mercer also hosts an annual "Loon Day" festival, which features an arts and crafts fair, live music and a loon calling contest. And, In front of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce's information center, there is a large statue of a loon named "Claire d'Loon ."
Claire d'Loon has stood outside of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce building since May, 1981. Weighing 2,000 pounds and standing 16 feet tall, Claire d'Loon is billed as the world's largest talking loon.
For more information on Mercer, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the Mercer Chamber of Commerce website at: http://mercercc.com.
Above: Mercer, Wisconsin. Coordinates: 46°10′3″N 90°6′15″W
Above: The Mercer, Wisconsin Historical Society housed in the former train depot. Photo licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported: Cbradshaw