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Published on Oct 8, 2010

October 16th, 1977

I watched it land in Dodgeville. My father who was the front desk manager sent Old Joe to come and fetch my brother and I from the house. The waitresses (they were still called waitresses back then) stopped serving customers. They politly stated that they were welcome to join them, but they were not going to miss the historic landing and away the entire staff went to watch the plane land.

It was breath taking, scary and exciting. I was there to witness it all and actually be apart of it all personally.

My father and Don were close friends and I was 9 years old when it landed and started to give tours of the plane.

I was paid $10 a day and made double in tips. I think people were amazed that a kid and more so a girl could remember so much about a plane.

The original intent was to make a coffee shop, but after learning the history of the plane, the decision was to keep it in it's original state.

The Don Q Inn was made of salvaged material throughout the entire property. It started off as a restaruant and then followed by the Hotel. Don was a brilliant man and knew how to present his ideas to make one's jaw drop.

Once he sold the establishment, it lost Don and along went the magic. This post is to try and preserve a little history. And possible create a spot where stories and history can come back to life.

One day myself or my father will write a page on the history of the mastermind of Don Quinn and the Don Q Inn.

He and the place is a favorite memory of mine, even though I got called out of bed at 8am in the morning to bus tables on the FLY-IN Sunday Brunches.

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