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Near Fish Creek in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A State Park System is Formed

Peninsula Leads the Way

 
 
A State Park System is Formed Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. A State Park System is Formed Marker
Inscription. "One by one," Assemblyman Tom Reynolds told the Wisconsin Legislature, "all the places of scenic beauty and historical interest are passing away. Before it is too late, it is well to pause and consider whether it is not befitting that some of them be preserved for all time."

Reynolds, a Jacksonport farmer, did not act alone. Landscape Architect John Nolen described the beauty of Peninsula to the Wisconsin Legislature: "It is wild and as yet unspoiled, with alternating interests of woodland and cliff, bay and land ... It sweeps from point to point, here a beach of fine sand, there of gravel, then in contrast precipitous limestone bluffs, rising to a height of a hundred feet or more ... It is no exaggeration to say that the broad beauty of the scenery is not surpassed in Wisconsin." On June 9, 1909, Governor Davidson signed Reynolds' bill, officially creating a system of state parks. Of the four parks originally proposed for the system, Peninsula was the first to be established.

The view from Eagle Panorama hints of Peninsula's storied past. Cedar, maple and beech trees extend over 3,776 acres. An adjacent, cliff-strewn shore unfolds. But in 1909, much of the forest was cut-over for farms and orchards. Rustic fishing shanties, with easy access to passing wooden schooners, dotted the coast below.

Family
Close-up of Ownership Map, 1899 image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. Close-up of Ownership Map, 1899
Farms to Family Campgrounds

The State of Wisconsin purchased most parcels for $5-266 an acre. Some people retained life leases, an arrangement that officially ended in 1964.

In 1914, it cost $5 to pitch a tent for the season. By 1940, camping fees increased to 25 cents per night or $1 per week.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 45° 9.726′ N, 87° 12.11′ W. Marker is near Fish Creek, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from Shore Road 0.2 miles north of Skyline Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at Eagle Bluff / Eagle Panorama parking area in Peninsula State Park. Fee area; a vehicle admission sticker is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek WI 54212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life on the Ledge (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Road Less Traveled (approx. 0.4 miles away); Island Paradise (approx. 1.3 miles away); Anderson Dock (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Permanent Colony in Door County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
Close-up of Civilian Conservation Corps Photo image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. Close-up of Civilian Conservation Corps Photo
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Why Green Bay? (approx. 2 miles away); Privilege in the Park (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fish Creek.
 
More about this marker. captions:
John Nolen
Ownership Map, 1899
A.E. Doolittle, Peninsula State Park Superintendent, 1913-1943.
View of Nicolet Bay in the early years. Ole Larson's farm, later the site of Wisconsin's first state game farm, is in the upper left. Welcker's Point is on the horizon.
The Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era work group, constructed this overlook from native limestone. In this photo, C-men lower rocks for the stone wall that borders the road leading up to Eagle Tower. Circa 1935.
Litkea Collection
A Hudson auto is parked on the right side of Nicolet
Bay Campground. Circa 1942.
 
Also see . . .
1. Peninsula State Park. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted on November 20, 2014.) 

2. List of Wisconsin state parks. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 20, 2014.) 

3. John Nolen. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 20, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
A State Park System is Formed Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
4. A State Park System is Formed Marker
Eagle Panorama
The marker is in the right foreground.
Eagle Panorama image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
5. Eagle Panorama
Welcker's Point (left) and Horseshoe Island (right).
Eagle Panorama Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
6. Eagle Panorama Sign
Horseshoe, Strawberry,
and Chambers Islands
Welcker's Point
Upper Michigan Shoreline
Eagle Bluff Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
7. Eagle Bluff Sign
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
8. Nearby Plaque
In Memory of
Albert E. Doolittle
A man of unusual talent whose foresight,
determination, and untiring devotion made
the development of this park possible.
Peninsula State Parks' roads, hiking trails,
campgrounds, lookouts, Eagle Tower and the
golf course were among his many endeavors
in his thirty years as the first
Superintendent of this park from 1913-1943.
Nearby Eagle Tower image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
9. Nearby Eagle Tower
(Mentioned on both the marker and the plaque.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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