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Wisconsin Dells in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor

A Piece of History

 
 
Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
1. Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker
Inscription.  In 1873, steamboats began overtaking rowboats for river excursions to see the famous Dells. One such steamer was built in 1878 by the Kilbourn Boat Company and named after Alexander Mitchell, a successful Milwaukee banker and railroad magnate. By the turn of the century, the large wooden steamboat was decommissioned and sunk in the Lower Dells. Local fishermen found the steamer's anchor in 2008 and donated it to the The Dells County Historical Society. Its preservation is made possible by the Gregory C. Van Wie Charitable Foundation. Gregory was the great grandson of Captain Dave Van Wie, the original pilot of the Alexander Mitchell.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 43° 37.671′ N, 89° 46.616′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Eddy Street, on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Wisconsin Dells
Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
2. Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of the Wisconsin Dells (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); River Excursions (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wisconsin River (within shouting distance of this marker); Bailey's Landing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kilbourn Dam (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
3. Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker
Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
4. Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor Marker
This marker marks the beginning of the "Riverwalk", an eleven stop historical walk along the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Dells.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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