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Near Ellison Bay in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Hotz Estate

 
 
The Hotz Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. The Hotz Estate Marker
Inscription. In 1917, Ferdinand Hotz of Chicago purchased 1,015 acres of land which later became Newport State Park. He thought this was the finest place on earth, and in 1919 he began building an estate that would include the log cabin, carriage house, and outhouse that you see here. The estate overlooked Europe Lake.

Under the careful stewardship of the Hotz family, the land recovered from the logging era. In 1967, the family began selling their land to the state of Wisconsin for Newport State Park. Hotz's stewardship ethic is carried on today in the wilderness management philosophy of the park.
 
Location. 45° 14.07′ N, 86° 59.856′ W. Marker is near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from County Highway NP 3.4 miles south of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at Lot 1 in Newport State Park Wilderness Area. Fee area; a vehicle admission sticker is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay WI 54210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pilot Island Site (approx. 4 miles away); Anderson Dock (approx. 9.9 miles away); First Permanent Colony in Door County
The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse
(approx. 10 miles away); Steamer Frank O'Connor (approx. 10.4 miles away); A Road Less Traveled (approx. 10.9 miles away); Life on the Ledge (approx. 11 miles away); A State Park System is Formed (approx. 11.1 miles away); Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. photo captions:
Carriage House
Outhouse The outhouse as it looked before renovation. The outhouse was restored and moved to this site in 1995 with the help of the Newport Wilderness Society.
Hotz Cabin The cabin was completed in 1920. In 1978, the State of Wisconsin purchased the final parcel of the Hotz property, which included the cabin and outhouse.
A private party purchased the cabin in 1985. He dismantled the cabin log by log and reconstructed it on Cliff Top Road, south of Sturgeon Bay.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Hotz Legacy in Real Estate and Art. "Sponsored by his uncle, ophthalmologist Ferdinand Carl Hotz, young Ferdinand in 1884 at age 16 immigrated to Chicago from his native Germany. After traveling the country working different jobs,
The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse
he returned to Chicago and learned the jewelry trade, eventually opening his own business in 1892." (Submitted on June 17, 2014.) 

2. Wisconsin Historical Society. Photograph of Ferdinand Hotz with the Emperor Maximilian Diamond. (Submitted on June 17, 2014.) 

3. The Door County Photographs of Ferdinand Hotz. (Submitted on June 17, 2014.)
4. Newport State Park. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park." (Submitted on June 17, 2014.) 

5. Newport Wilderness Society. (Submitted on June 17, 2014.)
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Newport State Park Wilderness Area image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
4. Newport State Park Wilderness Area
Newport Bay and Lake Michigan are in the distance.
Newport State Park Wilderness Area Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
5. Newport State Park Wilderness Area Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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