Ripon is a town steeped in history. It is the official birthplace of the Republican Party in the United States, and was a hot bed of idealistic thought in the 19th Century. The nearby settlement of Ceresco was a communal experiment that ultimately failed, leading to Ceresco being absorbed by the town of Ripon in 1851. Unsurprisingly, Ripon was a strongly abolitionist enclave.
These days, Ripon hosts both Ripon College and the Little White Schoolhouse, the latter of which is the exact place where the Republican Party was created.
Ripon is fortunate in that it is quite close to the city of Oshkosh. As a result, one may take US 41 North or South to reach Oshkosh and then take WI 44 to Ripon itself.
Alternately, one following US 41 northbound may exit at Fond du Lac, at WI 23, and go west to Ripon.