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Sauk County Markers
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Baraboo River
The river front was once the heart of Baraboo. Railroads, industry and commercial trade gravitated toward the river, making it the initial center of activity. On the river in this area at various times 1844 - 1902 were saw mill, lathe, shingle, bed stead, chair, blind, cabinet, barrel head, hub, sash, stave, barrel, churn, door factories, tannery, foundry, and two large flour and feed mills. Erected by 1982 Baraboo Centennial Com. Map (db m20302) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 441 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Devil's Lake
In an effort to get the economy moving during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Federal Government initiated a number of work projects. One of these was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was for males, ages 18 to 25. Men were assigned to camps which were run in a military fashion. Each camp was a self contained community. CCC camps were in existence from 1933 until 1942. One such camp was located in Devil's Lake State Park. It consisted of about 15 buildings, 200 CCC . . . — Map (db m19986) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Devil's Lake and the Local Residents
Even though visitors were drawn to the Lake by its beauty, the hotels would not have been as successful without the workers and the services provided by the local families in the area. Caption for upper left photo: Workers at the hotels were often local women. Ella Marquardt pictured in center. Caption for upper middle photo: Although they worked hard throughout the busy tourist season, there was always time for a little fun. Caption for upper right . . . — Map (db m37652) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Early History of Devil's Lake
In 1911, Devil's Lake became the third State Park in Wisconsin. Devil's Lake was created when the last glacier to visit this area began to retreat approximately 14,000 years ago. Glacial debris plugged both ends of the Devil's Lake Gorge as the ice melted. An ancient river that once flowed through the gorge was diverted away by these glacial plugs called terminal moraines. A lake was left behind as a gift from the glacier! The first inhabitants of the Devil's Lake Area would . . . — Map (db m37613) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Ice Age National Scientific Reserve
[A map in the upper left corner of the marker shows the extent of glaciation over North America and Wisconsin's position. Below it, a map shows the extent of glaciation in Wisconsin, with the locations of National Scientific Reserve Sites (Interstate, Chippewa Moraine, Mill Bluff, Devils Lake, Cross Plains, Horicon Marsh, Campbellsport, Kettle Moraine, and Two Creeks).] Deep winter in Wisconsin lasts about three months. But during the last two million years, dramatic shifts in . . . — Map (db m38943) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Indian Mounds and Village
At this site was the village of Chief Car-A-Maue-Nee of the Winnebago Indians. Across the St. was his Council House in the midst of 7 effigy Earth mounds representing animals. In this area were about 90 effigies and conical mounds, second largest of any location in the State. Starting near 5th and Remington Sts. they formed an almost unbroken series south on Remington to Mound; westward on Mound and First to Rosaline; eastward after crossing 2nd St. South of the fairgrounds and College Ave. . . . — Map (db m65670) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Site 4 — Man Mound
This huge likeness of a man is thought to represent a powerful Indian God. The aborigines who made it may have been the Effigy Mound Builders. These Indians lived here about 1000 years ago. Nearly 900 of their earthworks have been found in Sauk County. They were often used for burials. Man Mound was first surveyed in 1859 by Wm. H. Canfield. The lower extremities were cut off by road construction before the park was established in 1908. Another Man Mound, near LaValle, was destroyed some years ago. — Map (db m57940) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — North Shore Hotel Era
The Hotel Era at Devil's Lake lasted from 1866 into the early 1900's. The north shore area catered to an upscale clientele. Caption for top left photo: On February 22, 1866 the "Hotel Era" began at Devil's Lake with the opening of the Minnewauken House. Located on the northeast shore of the lake, it could accommodate up to 20 guests. Caption for top middle photo: An early visitor to the Minnewauken House was Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln. . . . — Map (db m37645) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 42 — Ringling Brothers Circus
“The Greatest Show on Earth” was born and grew to maturity in Baraboo, just north of here. When the five Ringling brothers gave the first performance of their "Great Double Shows, Circus and Caravan," May 19, 1884, the main tent was 45 by 90 feet. There was no band wagon, no menagerie. The menagerie was started in 1886, with a hyena advertised as the “Hideous Hyena Striata Gigantium, the Mammoth, Midnight Marauding, Man-Eating Monstrosity.” After traveling in horse-drawn . . . — Map (db m933) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Sauk County Civil War Monument
Erected to the memory of Sauk County soldiers in the War for the Union by Joe Hooker Post No. 9, Dept. of Wis. Grand Army of the Republic The Women's Relief Corps No. 36 and Citizens of Sauk County. —— 1896 1861 — 1865 — Map (db m42540) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — South Shore Hotel Era
While the north shore catered to a more elegant lifestyle, the south shore retained a touch of rustic charm. Caption for upper left photo: A "Public House" was first erected on the south shore in 1870 by H.B. Sheldon. It would go by the names of the "Sheldon House" and the "Fountain House" until purchased in 1882 by Edmund T. Hopkins. Hopkins would call it the "Lake View Hotel". Edmund Hopkins in front of the Lake View Hotel. Text for advertisement in upper right: . . . — Map (db m37655) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 338 — The Lower Narrows
This large gap, called the Lower Narrows, is one of three major gorges that cut through the 50 mile circumference of the Baraboo Range. These gorges were created by rivers more than 500 million years ago and then buried by sediments in a vast sea over the next 150 million years. Wind, water and glacial erosion have once again exposed the gorges. The Baraboo River now flows through the Upper Narrows gorge near Rock Springs, entering a basin surrounded by the Baraboo Range, and exits here at the . . . — Map (db m3951) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage
In Recognition of The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage presented by Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Owners of the Greatest Show on Earth This historical marker, commemorates the birthplace of the renowned Ringling Bros. Circus. It was in this city that the first tent was erected by the five Ringling Brothers -- Al, Otto, John, Charley and Alf T. -- on May 19, 1884. In the beginning it was a tiny show, the brothers rented horses and wagons. . . . — Map (db m42591) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — The Ringling Brothers of Baraboo
The Ringling family resided in Baraboo for many years. Being of German & French extraction, they literally went from rags to riches while operating their circus out of Baraboo. This closely knit family brought fame & prominence to their hometown, Baraboo. In addition to the Ringling Bros. Circus, they operated other circuses & enterprises out of these quarters. — Map (db m62309) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Thompson House Hotel
Thompson House Hotel 1899 is listed in the State Register of Historic Places The State Historical Society of Wisconsin — Map (db m75985) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Warner Memorial Road
This enduring highway connecting Baraboo with Devils Lake was made possible through the generosity of Wilbur William Warner (1850 – 1916) Whose boyhood home was here. To his cherished memory this tablet is gratefully dedicated October 1921 — Map (db m20251) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — World War I Memorial
Dedicated Nov. 11, 1932 To Those Who Served In The Armed Forces Of Our Country During The World War 1917–18 By Disabled American Veterans Of The World War Chapter 8 Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2336 — Map (db m42551) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Ironton — 2 — The Ironton Mine
The first iron deposits in Sauk County were discovered about 1½ miles south of here in 1849. The commercial production of iron was begun by Jonas Tower in 1858. Large slag deposits at the smelter site still give evidence of the iron operation. Mining and smelting continued until the end of the 1870's when competition from the vastly larger and richer deposits in the Lake Superior region ended mining operations here. — Map (db m59786) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Lake Delton — 26 — Dawn Manor Site of the Lost City of Newport
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, . . . — Map (db m7984) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Lake Delton — 527 — Lake Delton Catastrophe
On the morning of June 9, 2008, after several days of drenching rains, flood waters overtopped the banks of Lake Delton and washed away a narrow strip of land separating the lake from the Wisconsin River. Raging waters sent the 267-acre Lake Delton surging into the Wisconsin River and scoured a channel 700 feet long by 370 feet wide and 30 feet deep. In a matter of a few hours, the lake was drained of more than 600 million gallons of water, leaving only muddy flats. Portions of the lake shore . . . — Map (db m33281) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Leland — Natural Bridge State Park The Bridge / The Rockshelter
The Bridge This Natural Bridge of sandstone, 35 feet high, was carved by the uneven dissolving of mineral deposits holding the sand grains together. The result after many years of erosion by water, frost action, wind, and gravity is the largest natural arch in the state. It remains today because of its location in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, a region that was not glaciated in the last Ice Age. The Rockshelter Beneath the Bridge is a natural rockshelter, . . . — Map (db m20195) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), North Freedom — 461 — Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society has operated steam trains at North Freedom since 1963 preserving early 1900s railroading history. The museum runs vintage rolling stock on a branch line opened in 1903 to serve iron mines. Its collection of historic equipment includes the 1907 Chicago & North Western locomotive No. 1385, which is a rare survivor of the smaller steam trains that were once a common sight in Wisconsin. The equipment collection of Mid-Continent also shows skillfully . . . — Map (db m19951) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), North Freedom — Vodak Memorial Park
Joseph A. Vodak 1898 – 1974 Julia Wopat Vodak 1903 – 1985 The Vodak family moved to North Freedom in 1927 from Hillsboro, Wis. Joe operated a sawmill at railroad museum location and a lumber shop at this site. Joe and Julia were interested, active contributors to this community and the museum. Plaque presented by the family Mabel, Joe, Harley 1987 — Map (db m20228) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Prairie du Sac — 89 — The Baraboo Range
The rugged range of hills which can be seen to the north of here is among the oldest visible physical features on the earth. The hard quartzite rock that forms them was deposited as sand in a shallow sea which once covered this region. Although deposited horizontally, the layers were warped until they were tilted fifteen degrees at Devils Lake and vertically at Rock Springs. The gorges which may be seen at these places were eroded by rivers millions of years ago. The Wisconsin River once . . . — Map (db m19488) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — 89 — Babb's Ford 1844 1851
In Memory. J.W. Babb. First White Settler. Babbs Ford 1844 1851 Donated By M. Baker, Grandson. Made By H.V. Hamilton. — Map (db m33428) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — 245 — Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist
Clare A. Briggs was born in Reedsburg on August 5, 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. William Pardee Briggs. At an early age Briggs became a sketch artist, and in 1896 he accepted a job as an illustrator with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. After working for several newspapers, he gained national recognition as a cartoonist with the New York Herald Tribune. Briggs is best remembered for such titles as “The Days of Real Sport,” “When a Feller Needs a Friend,” . . . — Map (db m1649) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — Clare Briggs, Cartoonist
Clare A. Briggs was born in Reedsburg on 5 August 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. William Pardee Briggs; he lived here into his early teens. Briggs became one of our nation's best known cartoonists, often using local scenes and names in his popular series entitled “When a Feller Needs a Friend,” "The Old Swimming Hole," and "Skin-nay." His cartoons appeared in newspapers throughout the country. Briggs died on 3 January 1930 in New York City. More information on Briggs can be . . . — Map (db m33609) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — Veterans Memorial
Fuhrman-Finnegan Post 350 American Legion Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dedicated Nov. 11, 1958 — Map (db m34051) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Rock Springs — Van Hise Rock
The material of this rock was once sand on the sea bottom, and has since hardened into quartzite. It was tilted to the present position by a slow earth movement, and then separated from the adjacent cliff by erosion. The vertical light and dark bands represent the original layers. The inclined cracks in the dark layer were caused by the readjustment in the layers during the tilting. This rock is pictured in geologic books as a type illustrating important principles of structural geology, . . . — Map (db m19848) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Rock Springs — 413 — Van Hise Rock
This outcrop of Baraboo Quartzite, located in the Baraboo Hills and known as Van Hise Rock, has been the focus of national and international scientific interest for over one hundred years. The rock is named in honor of University of Wisconsin Professor Charles R. Van Hise (1857-1918), renowned geologist, conservationist and President of the University of Wisconsin. In the 1890s, Van Hise used this outcrop to demonstrate the kinds of changes that occur in rocks during periods of mountain . . . — Map (db m32445) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — 226 — August W. Derleth
Born February 24, 1909, in Sauk City, August Derleth lived virtually his entire life in his native Sac Prairie. He began writing at the age of thirteen and had over 150 books to his credit at the time of his death on July 4, 1971. Versatile as he was prolific, Derleth is best known for his regional literature that includes historical novels, biographies, short stories, journals and poetry. He lived his own life in the spirit of Thoreau and believed that life in Sac Prairie is a microcosm that . . . — Map (db m2949) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — Culver's
The George Culver family opened the original Culver's Frozen Custard Restaurant on this site July 18, 1984 The current restaurant opened April 27, 2000 This monument is a tribute to the Sauk-Prairie area residents who have assisted with Culver's growth across the United States. — Map (db m19479) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — 52 — Free Congregation of Sauk County
Organized in 1852 by German-American settlers, the Free Congregation (Freie Gemeinde) dominated the cultural, economic and intellectual life of Sauk City well into the twentieth century. This is one of two congregations surviving a once prominent free thought movement in Wisconsin. The present building was erected in 1884 and contains an outstanding free thought library. — Map (db m67226) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — Site 3 — Sauk City
Sauk City originally was the site of an important Indian village. Jonathan Carver visited here on October 9, 1766 and wrote, "This is the largest and best built Indian town I ever saw. It contains about 90 houses, each large enough for several families. The streets are regular and spacious." In 1838 the first white settlers arrived, led by Berry Haney. Count Agoston Haraszthy platted Sauk City on April 26, 1845. Incorporated March 30,1854 the original charter continues to the present day . . . — Map (db m57935) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Spring Green — 410 — Western Escape
On July 22, during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Sac Indian leader Black Hawk and about 700 followers escaped down the Wisconsin River after the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. Traveling the river in hastily built canoes and rafts or on foot along the river, the Indians managed to stay ahead of the pursuing military. On July 26th to the 28th at the old abandoned Village of Helena, about 3 miles west of hear, the military crossed the Wisconsin River in their search for Black Hawk. — Map (db m35337) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — Site of Fort Dells Theme Park
Modeled after Frontierland at Disneyland, Fort Dells was built here in 1959 bringing the Disney Experience to Dells Visitors for 26 years. Featuring–Stagecoach, Railroad, Paddlewheel Steamboat, Swinging Bridge, Blockhouse Exhibits, Escape Tunnel, Amphitheatre, Indian Isle, Frontier Homestead & Schoolhouse, Goldmine, Antique Car Ride, Haunted House, Children's Farm, Timber Trail, Totem Tower, Black Bart Hold-Up. — Map (db m9294) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — Stanton Peter Helland
This American Flag was dedicated November 22, 2002 to honor Stanton Peter Helland, who is symbolic of unwavering leadership, determined dedication and peerless contributions to preserving the unique beauty and scenic splendor of the Wisconsin River at the Dells. — Map (db m26182) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — 104 — Wisconsin Dells
The Indians believed that many years ago the Great Spirit, in the form of a snake, created the Dells when it forced its huge body through a narrow opening in the rocks. Geological studies, however, show that the Dells were formed some fifteen thousand years ago after a glacier turned the Wisconsin River into a new channel through the center of a sandstone plain. French-Canadian traders used their word “dalles”, meaning a trough or narrow passage, to describe this section of the . . . — Map (db m1882) HM
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