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Lake Delton in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dawn Manor
Site of the Lost City of Newport
 
Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
1. Dawn Manor Marker
 
Inscription. Here on the Wisconsin River the village of Newport was begun in 1853, planned for a population of 10,000. Assuming that the Milwaukee & LaCrosse Railroad would cross the river here, over 2000 settlers quickly came to Newport, causing a lively land boom. When the bridge and dam were ultimately located a mile upstream after an alleged secret moonlight survey, Newport was almost completely deserted in favor of Kilbourn City (today Wisconsin Dells). Only Dawn Manor, with its servant quarters, remains. Dawn Manor was completed in 1855 by Capt. Abraham Vanderpoel, friend of Lincoln and signer of the Wisconsin Constitution. The home is built of Potsdam sandstone, white mahogany and white pine, put together with brass screws and wooden pegs. Dawn Manor houses the art collection of George Raab, one of Wisconsin's famous artists.
 
Erected 1955 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 26.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 36.327′ N, 89° 46.293′ W. Marker is in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on County Highway A 0.2 miles south of Hiawatha Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is 1.2 miles from State Highway 23. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Delton WI 53940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
 
Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
2. Dawn Manor Marker
 
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Delton Catastrophe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stroud Bank (approx. 1.5 miles away); Site of Fort Dells (approx. 1.5 miles away); H. H. Bennett Studio (approx. 1.5 miles away); Bailey's Landing (approx. 1.5 miles away); Kilbourn City (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wisconsin Dells (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located next to a private driveway.
 
Additional comments.
1. Lake Dalton Emptied
On June 9, 2008, rain-swollen Lake Delton overflowed left of the marker after a highway embankment failed and washed across County Highway A into the Wisconsin River. Engineers are studying the lake near the Wisconsin Dells to determine how best to repair the embankment and refill it. The lake is in the heart of a vacation area that attracts 3 million visitors a year.

The marker and Dawn Manor itself was not threatened by the rising water and subsequent flooding that essentially emptied the lake (more than 600 million gallons of water) into the Wisconsin River, carrying away three entire large homes and breaking two others in half.
    — Submitted June 27, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
 
Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
3. Dawn Manor Marker
 
 
Side View of Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
4. Side View of Dawn Manor Marker
 
 
Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
5. Dawn Manor Marker
The Wisconsin River is behind the photographer,
Lake Delton is beyond the marker.
 
 
Dawn Manor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
6. Dawn Manor Marker
 
 
Restored Land Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
7. Restored Land
The Dawn Manor marker can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Lake Delton After Flood Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 24, 2008
8. Lake Delton After Flood
On June 9, 2008, 2 weeks after the photo of the marker was taken, rain-swollen Lake Delton overflowed left of the marker and washed across County Highway A into the Wisconsin River.
 
 
Lake Delton Breach Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 24, 2008
9. Lake Delton Breach
The lake drained into the Wisconsin River after a portion of the lakeshore was breached following heavy rains and water poured out of the lake, emptying it. Dell Creek still runs through it.
 
 
Unique Tree Stumps Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 24, 2008
10. Unique Tree Stumps
 
 
Destroyed Homes Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 13, 2008
11. Destroyed Homes
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,225 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   6, 7. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   8, 9. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   10. submitted on July 19, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   11. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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