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

H.H. Bennett Photography & Promotion of the Wisconsin Dells Area

 
 
H.H. Bennett Photography & Promotion of the Wisconsin Dells Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
1. H.H. Bennett Photography & Promotion of the Wisconsin Dells Area Marker
Inscription.  Henry Hamilton (H.H.) Bennett (1843-1908) is recognized as on of the countries foremost landscape photographers.At the age of only 22, with little formal education and a damaged right hand, he began his photographic career in Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells), Wisconsin in 1865. H.H. Bennett photographed the beautiful landscape you see around you, while his first wife Frankie ran the studio business.
Stereoscopic 3D views were popular during the late 1800s. H.H. Bennett's photography was no exception, making many of his images in stereoscopic form. As Bennett's photography began to circulate the public began to travel to this area to see the strange and beautiful rock formations along this stretch of the Wisconsin River, Thanks to his efforts and steady promotion of this area, Wisconsin Dells tourism grew steadily over the years.
After H.H. Bennett's death in 1908, his family continued his photographic work. The Bennett family carefully preserved his negatives and other artifacts in the H.H. Bennett Studio, built in 1875. The H.H. Bennett Studio was the oldest family owned photography studio and remains of the oldest still functioning
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photography studios in the United States. In 1998 it was given by the family to the Wisconsin Historical Society. It remains open to the public as a museum and historic site so that visitors may come to known H.H. Bennett and his importance to the area, in addition to local history and historic photography.
The photographs you see here are available for purchase at H.H. Bennett Studio Museum and Historic Site. The store, museum, and historic studio are open daily to the public from May to October. Stop by or check out hhbennettstudio.org for more information.

(photographic commentary presented from left to right )
Family & Group Portraits
H.H. Bennett often used the tops of rock formations like Stand Rock and Visor Ledge for group and family shots. Bennett often liked to pose people in his landscape photographs to provide perspective for the size and magnitude of thes impressive rock formations.
Luncheon Hall
Arguably one of the best panoramic views of the Wisconsin River can be seen from Luncheon Hall. H.H. Bennett photographed many family picnics at that location. The "roof" over Luncheon Hall is the same resistant rock layer that forms the top of Stand Rock and Visor Ledge.
The Demon's Anvil
This photograph shows the Demon's Anvil over 100 years ago. You can see some erosion has occurred
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since then. Many visitors and local residents enjoyed having their picture taken on or around this rock formation.
The Hornet's Nest
The Hornet's Nest was an impressive rock formation that used to stand along the walkway between Toad Stool Rock and Visor Ledge. It was aptly named as it resembled that of a hornet's nest, however years of weathering caused erosion and on June 16, 1973 this rock formation gave way and collapsed into sand after a thunderstorm.
Stand Rock
A now famous image, H.H. Bennett captured a stop action photograph of his son Ashley making the leap to Stand Rock in 1888. We know Ashley leapt numerous times as the H.H. Bennett Studio has "outages" of the leaps not deemed perfect enough for promotional use.
 
Erected by H.H. Bennett Studio.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNatural Features.
 
Location. 43° 40.597′ N, 89° 48.822′ W. Marker is near Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. This marker may only be seen at the second landing during an Dells Boat Tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indians -- Flora & Fauna (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leaping the Chasm (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Beauty Is Yours Because Others Before You Love The Dells (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Glimpse of the Old Dells (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lumber Raftsmen (approx. 3.6 miles away); Natural Ingenuity (approx. 3.7 miles away); Henry Hamilton Bennett (approx. 3.8 miles away); Kilbourn City (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
 
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Mar. 6, 2021