Lake Delton in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lake Delton Catastrophe
Lake Delton was created in 1927 to serve as the centerpiece of Chicago entrepreneur William J. Newman's vacation resort. Newman built a 30-foot high dam where Dell Creek entered the Wisconsin River and a 1,000-foot long earthen dike along-side the dam to impound the lake. Since then, Lake Delton has been a popular destination and has played an important role in the area's tourism.
In the days following the catastrophe, a temporary diversion channel was installed to redirect Dell Creek from the area scoured by flood waters back toward the lake's dam. In August 2008, work began repairing the breach and reconstructing County Trunk Highway A. The project included filling the breach and
Lake Delton was refilled and County Trunk Highway A was fully restored by the spring of 2009. The project was a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Federal Highway Administration, Sauk County, Village of Lake Delton, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Wisconsin Historical Society
Erected 2009 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 527.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 36.291′ N, 89° 46.196′ W. Marker is in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on Dam Road near County Highway A. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Delton WI 53940, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dawn Manor (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stroud Bank (approx. 1.6 miles away); H. H. Bennett Studio (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bailey's Landing Site of Fort Dells (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kilbourn City (approx. 1.6 miles away); Belle Boyd (approx. 1.6 miles away).
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,794 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.