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Mauston, Wisconsin: George "You Betcha!" Braund Statue

Granite statue of George Braund, beloved civic booster who died in 2013, includes his catchphrase "You Betcha!" on its pedestal.

Riverside Park

303 Mansion St., Mauston, WI
Riverside Park. West edge of town, along the river, on the north side of Mansion St. one block north of US-12/W. State St. and the Hatch Public Library.
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George "You Betcha!" Braund Memorial

George Braund and his wife Cookie were fixtures in the town of Mauston for over 50 years. He was the owner of the Busy Bee Cafe, a bus driver, a WWII veteran, and a local sports booster, with his catchphrase "You Betcha!"

After his death at 92 in 2013 the town got together to create a memorial for him. Unveiling it in 2015, Mauston Mayor Brian McGuire spoke of his first encounter with Braund at the Busy Bee and his shock that his dinner check was only $2 when he had spent much more. The memorial is covered with dozens of memories like McGuire's (and more than a few advertisements for local businesses).

Braund looks like he's holding a flask, but I think it's a water bottle.

[Scott Hammond, 08/30/2021]

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