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The last total eclipse to draw a line across some part of Wisconsin happened on June 30, 1954. The place to be was in the far northwest section of the state. Wisconsin residents south of a line from Pine City , Minn to Solon Springs, Wi and north of a parallel line from Hastings ,Minn to Ladysmith, Wi were in the 70 mile wide path of 100% obscurity. Hudson, Minong, Spooner, Mercer, Clam Falls, Hayward, Cable, Ashland and Mellen were the places to be. The entire state celebrated. Large gatherings were reported in partial eclipse cities like La Crosse, De Pere, Eau Claire and Manitowoc. People viewed the eclipse with welding visors, layered smoked glass and doubled over film negatives. Many were amazed by the weird tint of the sky and crescent shaped lights that formed beneath the leaves of trees. Those in line of the total eclipse reported an "eerie and dead" silence during the duration of the darkness. Some brighter stars were visible in the sky and the birds stopped singing. Above is some 1954 eclipse viewing advice.