State Park Movement in Wisconsin
Many Wisconsin citizens at that time believed that areas of state-wide significance should be acquired for the use and inspiration of the people. Here at the Dalles of the St. Croix this public interest first took form. Harry D. Baker of St. Croix Falls and George H. Hazard of Taylors Falls headed groups from their respective states for acquiring land on both sides of the river for an Interstate Park. In 1895 their efforts caused the Wisconsin Legislature to authorize a “Commission for the Interstate Park at the Dalles of the St. Croix.” Under its direction in 1900, the first land was acquired.
Still dedicated to the original concepts for public use, State Parks have now been developed in all parts of the state. They include sites of historic, archeologic, and
Erected 1964 by Wisconsin Conservation Department. (Marker Number 143.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Natural Features • Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 45° 23.753′ N, 92° 38.632′ W. Marker is near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker is on Park Road half a mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in Interstate Park next to the gift shop. This is a fee area and admission is required. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dresser WI 54009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Interstate Park Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Glacial Potholes (approx. half a mile away in Minnesota); Geology of the Taylors Falls Region (approx. 0.6 miles away in Minnesota); Folsom House (approx. 0.6 miles away in Minnesota); Chisago Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away in Minnesota); Town House SchoolTaylors Falls United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away in Minnesota); Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix? (approx. 1.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Friends of Interstate Park website. (Submitted on June 13, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Interstate Park. (Submitted on June 13, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 12, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2020, by John Neitz of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.