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

George H. Crandall

Steward of the Dells

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2020
1. George H. Crandall Marker
Inscription.  Claiming that "no man can own the Dells." George H. Crandall - son-in-law to H.H. Bennett - ensured his legacy with extraordinary efforts to preserve the scenic landscape. Even though Crandall himself was involved in the tourist trade, managing hotels and river tours, he was dismayed by unsightly developments along the river. Crandall set about bringing back the area's woodlands. He purchased large tracts of land, tore down buildings and began a reforestation effort. The project was a success, with 1,200 acres of wilderness restored. Upon his death, Crandall's family continued the work and ultimately donated the land to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, stipulating it must be kept in its natural state. "This beauty is yours because other before you loved the Dells."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentNatural Features.
 
Location. 43° 37.765′ N, 89° 46.579′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Broadway near Eddy Street. Touch for map. Marker
George H. Crandall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2020
2. George H. Crandall 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. Kilbourn City (a few steps from this marker); The Ho-Chunk People (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kilbourn Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Hamilton Bennett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wisconsin River (about 400 feet away); River Excursions (about 400 feet away); The Railroads (about 400 feet away); Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the "Riverwalk." The "Riverwalk" is a public path along a portion of the Wisconsin River. Eleven makers are found along this path. Road access to the path is only available at the beginning and end of the "Riverwalk."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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