Now known as the Hjertehjem Shop, Roger Eatough also built this original building, the south part, in 1885. The foundation of chipped stone is no longer visible. The original part was used as a drug store, furniture store, a mortuary, and the post . . . — — Map (db m89936) HM
Nathan Nichols (the north building) was formerly two buildings, now connected, that were built by Roger Eatough (owner of the Globe Hotel). The little house in the rear was built as a residence and was built in 1890. The building to the north was . . . — — Map (db m89938) HM
This lower rangelight and the upper rangelight residence, 950 feet inland, were built by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1869. The upper rangelight also served as the lighthouse keepers residence and is 15 feet taller than the lower tower. this . . . — — Map (db m39252) HM
On the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Baileys Harbor was the first established village on the Door Peninsula. In 1848, Captain Justice Bailey was seeking refuge from a ferocious storm and came ashore in the sheltered harbor. Discovering abundant . . . — — Map (db m74480) HM
The Belgian immigrants who settled in this region, beginning in the 1850s, built many churches and roadside chapels, reflecting the value of their Catholic faith. Brussels and its surrounding communities form the largest Belgian settlement in North . . . — — Map (db m175533) HM
During the fire of October 8, 1871, this well site was used by seven persons as a place of refuge. The last man to the well found the wood curb on fire. After tearing off the curb he entered the well and pulled a wet blanket over the opening. Five . . . — — Map (db m39008) HM
Type: wooden bulk carrier
Built: 1892 as City of Naples,
James Davidson, West Bay City, Mich.
Sank: Oct. 2, 1919
Length: 301' Beam 42.5'
Cargoes: grain, coal, and iron ore
Propulsion: triple-expansion steam engine; propeller . . . — — Map (db m89957) HM
Blessed with good farmland and a deep water port, Egg Harbor has thrived since its beginning in 1861. In the early years, Egg Harbor served fishermen, farmers, and lumbermen. It was the first community in Door County to hard surface its road. . . . — — Map (db m130495) HM
The 45th parallel (45 Degrees North Latitude) runs through this wayside. This is the midpoint between the equator and North Pole. But because the Earth is slightly flattened at the poles, the distance from the 45th parallel to the North Pole is . . . — — Map (db m26713) HM
The land surrounding you was once owned by John Ellison. Johan Eliason, later known as John Ellison, was a Danish immigrant who founded this community in 1865. He purchased 8,000 acres of land including a mile of shoreline, and advertised in . . . — — Map (db m130477) HM
The limestone bluffs you see along Green Bay are part of the same formation that Niagara Falls plunges over in New York. The Niagara Escarpment arches for a thousand miles around the Great Lakes. Lower layers of soft, erodible shale are . . . — — Map (db m130478) HM
The Clearing is a not-for-profit school for adults, offering classes in the arts, humanities and natural sciences. It was founded by Jens Jensen, renowned landscape architect and conservationist. Born in Denmark in 1860, Jensen immigrated to the . . . — — Map (db m165535) HM
In 1917, Ferdinand Hotz of Chicago purchased 1,015 acres of land which later became Newport State Park. He thought this was the finest place on earth, and in 1919 he began building an estate that would include the log cabin, carriage house, and . . . — — Map (db m74505) HM
Aslag Anderson, Norwegian born mill-wright, built this store and dock in 1858.
The dock served as the transportation center for this area from the sailing days through the steamship era in the 1920's.
On Anderson's death in 1892, two of . . . — — Map (db m57690) HM
More than one million people visit Peninsula State Park every year but most days Eagle Terrace is quiet. Congratulate yourself for discovering a place less traveled!
Eagle Terrace links events that span centuries. Was this jagged promontory a . . . — — Map (db m75111) HM
"One by one," Assemblyman Tom Reynolds told the Wisconsin Legislature, "all the places of scenic beauty and historical interest are passing away. Before it is too late, it is well to pause and consider whether it is not befitting that some of them . . . — — Map (db m79015) HM
Sailing vessels used two channels when navigating this part of Green Bay. The first was the western passage on the far side of Chambers Island. The second lies before you: the treacherous passage between the shore and the Strawberry Islands.
. . . — — Map (db m75285) HM
Northern white cedar trees cling to the rocky rim of 38-acre Horseshoe Island. A tangle of birch and balsam fir, with pale blossoms of climbing fumitory, grow on the island, too. Long ago, people lived on Horseshoe Island.
Indian people, . . . — — Map (db m74416) HM
Welcome to Peninsula State Park, a diverse and dramatic place. Two features dominate this landscape: rock and water.
At Peninsula, rocky bluffs ascend over 150 feet. They are part of the Niagara Escarpment, a 650-mile geologic formation. This . . . — — Map (db m79261) HM
What was summer like in Door County in the early 1900s? If you were a local girl, you might clean rooms at a family hotel or help with farm chores. Perhaps you would tend to younger siblings. If old enough, you might even work at Camp Meenahga.
. . . — — Map (db m79006) HM
Peninsula's eight-mile shoreline is ever changing. Some years, a soggy cobblestone coast cradles sparse populations of unusual flowers. When water is high, crayfish thrive in crevices of the rocky coast, providing food for abundant smallmouth . . . — — Map (db m75181) HM
The Alexander Noble House was built in 1875 on land purchased from Asa Thorp, the founder of the Village of Fish Creek. This Greek Revival Style-influenced residence is the Village's oldest existing dwelling still in its original location. Born in . . . — — Map (db m105232) HM
The Thorp Family was very influential in the early growth of Door County. Asa Thorp, a New York cooper by trade, permanently settled in Fish Creek in the mid 1850s. Asa established an early pier, a warehouse, and a sawmill to supply residents and . . . — — Map (db m95719) HM
When spring burst forth, voyageurs paddled from Montreal, Canada to trade at outposts on the Great Lakes. After the long, white northern winter, they welcomed the green of spring found upon reaching Green Bay. Voyagers identified places by natural . . . — — Map (db m75179) HM
Howard and Emery Weborg had been fishermen all their lives. Howard began fishing with his father Alfred in 1917. Soon Emery joined them fishing on their father's boat, the Golden Girl. At age 64, Alfred suffered an angina attack and . . . — — Map (db m130497) HM
Type: Wooden schooner, two-masted
Built: 1860, Robert Chambers, Harsen's Island, Mich.
Sank: September 23, 1869
Length: 73' Beam 20'
Depth of Wreckage: 110'
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
. . . — — Map (db m74312) HM
Jay Olson recovered this fisherman's anchor from the waters off Jacksonport. Collapsible anchors were commonly used on fish tugs because they were easily stowed on the small boats. Early anchors were forged as one piece. This anchor's arms and . . . — — Map (db m151587) HM
In 1873 Royal Erskine purchased a boarding house by the lake from Mr. Logan. He moved it across the road and combined it with two other vacated buildings to make one large building, painted it red, and called it the Eureka House. Royal sold the . . . — — Map (db m151588) HM
The 45th parallel (45 Degrees North Latitude) runs through a point one half mile south of this wayside (intersection of Hwy. 57 and Logerquist Road). This is the geographical midpoint between the equator and North Pole. But, because the earth is . . . — — Map (db m26671) HM
Also known as “The Little White Church by the Lake,” the Jacksonport United Methodist Church was completed in 1892. Its simple design is attributed to George Bagnall Sr., one of the original builders. Alex Halstead, Harry Wilson Sr. and . . . — — Map (db m12114) HM
French trader Mιdard Chouart des Groseilliers spent the winter of 1654–55 in Jacksonport, at the time a Potawatomi/Ottawa village known as Mechigan that was home to more than 3,000. Upon his return to Quebec, Groseilliers reported on the . . . — — Map (db m147221) HM
The Reverend W. R. Gardner founded the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity in 1882 to serve the Canadian Anglicans who had relocated to the area after the Civil War to cut and haul timber. Services were held once a month at the village . . . — — Map (db m59212) HM
A towering elm tree once guided sailing schooners into Jacksonport.
In the mid to late-1800s, three bustling piers were the heart of the community. They connected loggers, farmers, and fishermen to markets in Chicago and Milwaukee. . . . — — Map (db m151581) HM
On January 18, 1889, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was formally incorporated. The congregation consisted mostly of German Lutheran immigrants from the district of Saxon-Weimar-Eisenach who settled in the Jacksonport area. That spring the newly . . . — — Map (db m67017) HM
This steel air funnel is from the iron ore carrier Middleton. This ship was also known as Nashanic, Gulfoil, and Pioneer Challenger. The vessel was built at the Bethlehem Steel Company Shipyard at Sparrows Point, Maryland and . . . — — Map (db m194142) HM
This anchor is from a steamboat from the early 1900's. It was found on the north side of Rock Island in about 20 feet of water. The two-ton anchor was raised in 1979 by members of the Lake County Divers Club and divers from On the Rocks. — — Map (db m194145) HM
This anchor is from the schooner-barge Niagara. On September 7, 1887, the ship was battling a gale off Vermilion Point, on the Michigan coast. She heeled over far enough for her cargo of iron ore to slide up her inside, causing the ship to . . . — — Map (db m194151) HM
The Door Peninsula has been sculpted over time by glaciers, massive sheets of moving ice. As the ice advanced and retreated, lake levels in what would become Lake Michigan fluctuated drastically. You are standing along the former shoreline of . . . — — Map (db m193936) HM
Fishermen all their lives, Howard and Emery Weborg started fishing with their father Alfred "Skipper" Weborg on his boat the Golden Girl in 1917. After the death of Alfred, their uncle Willy took over the boat until he decided to retire in . . . — — Map (db m194155) HM
You are standing on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a bedrock cliff that arcs for almost 1,000 miles from southeastern Wisconsin through northern Michigan and Ontario to central New York. On this side of the Door Peninsula, the escarpment rises . . . — — Map (db m193935) HM
Porte des Morts, or Death's Door, is the treacherous strait that separates the peninsula from the Grand Traverse Islands. French explorers named it after hearing tales of native warriors who perished in the turbulent waters. The strait . . . — — Map (db m193878) HM
This early steam-powered windlass (patented August 28, 1855) from the steamer R.J. Hackett represents the evolution from manually powered anchor windlasses to steam powered. To manually raise an anchor from 50 feet of water was not only time . . . — — Map (db m194148) HM
What Does the Vandermissen Brickworks Site Represent?
On October 8, 1871, the Peshtigo fire destroyed many of the Belgian farms and small towns along the west side of the Door Peninsula.
The Belgians rebuilt after the fire using bricks . . . — — Map (db m80223) HM
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) requires federal agencies to take into account the effect their projects might have on historic properties such as buildings and landscapes as . . . — — Map (db m145889) HM
Wisconsin's and the nation's largest Belgian American settlement is located in portions of Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties adjacent to the waters of Green Bay. Walloon-speaking Belgians settled the region in the 1850s and still constitute a high . . . — — Map (db m12141) HM
Jean Nicolet was among the first Europeans to arrive in
Wisconsin, landing on the eastern shore of Green Bay near Red Banks in 1634. He was followed by Claude Allouez in 1639 and Father Louis Hennepin in 1675.
For . . . — — Map (db m80287) HM
You are in the Namur Belgian-American National Historic Landmark District, certified in 1900 and the only such District of Wisconsin. This rural landscape appears today much as it did a century ago, and harbors a number of . . . — — Map (db m145892) HM
Why Was This Project Undertaken?
WIS 57 is the primary route into and out of the Door Peninsula's popular resort country and by the early 1990s had become inadequate to safely carry current traffic loads.
A Wisconsin . . . — — Map (db m80274) HM
The Town of Williamsonville
Tornado Memorial Park in Door County is located on the site of the former settlement of Williamsonville. The town was settled by the Williamson family in 1869 to take advantage of the Door County State Road . . . — — Map (db m80215) HM
Historic Preservation and the WIS 57 Project
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
(NHPA) requires federal agencies to take into account the effect their projects might have on historic properties . . . — — Map (db m80311) HM
Sevastopol orchards thrive in an ideal blend of climate and soils. Lime-rich soils provide essential nutrients for fruit trees. In addition, cool spring temperatures moderated by the waters and ice of Lake Michigan and Green Bay delay blooming. . . . — — Map (db m130498) HM
This stern frame cast iron propeller and steel shaft is believed to be from the lumber steamer Mueller which was built as Edwin S. Tice in 1887 at the Burger yards in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She measured 159.9 x 32.1 x 12.5; 728 gross tons. The vessel . . . — — Map (db m145895) HM
Sevastopol is the heart of Door Peninsula's famous fruit orchards. Swiss immigrant Joseph Zettel planted the first orchard one mile from here in 1862. His State Fair apple exhibit led University of Wisconsin scientists Emmett Golf and Arthur . . . — — Map (db m130496) HM
Sister Bay was named For the Sister Islands that Flank its harbor. This pair of small uninhabited islands is a significant nesting site for gulls and terns. The Village of Sister Bay offers the largest public waterfront in Door County for . . . — — Map (db m130452) HM
Dedicated in memory of the men and women who answered the call and served in the American military forces.
Special honor to those fallen in battle who marched silently past the great captain for final review.
Your deeds will not be forgotten. — — Map (db m200131) WM
Village life has always revolved around this deep water port.
The community of Sister Bay was born in 1870 when the firm of Henderson, Coon & Dimond built a pier, sawmill, grist mill, hotel, and two stores. They hired Swedish woodchoppers . . . — — Map (db m130480) HM
Most popular and widely accepted Christian hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" completed by Rev. George Bennard during Evangelistic meetings here Dec. 29, 1912 - Jan. 12, 1913
First sung as a quartet in the Friends Church Parlors and as a duet at . . . — — Map (db m59215) HM
A modern rendition of Bank of Sturgeon Bay's original tower erected in 1900 on the NW corner of 3rd Ave. & Kentucky St., and removed in 1939. The original bell was reacquired with the cooperation of the First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay where it . . . — — Map (db m15722) HM
The Coast Guard built 207 UTBs, at a cost of $235,000 for each boat, all at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, from 1973 to 1978. The 41-ft. UTB has been one of the most successful boats in Coast Guard history, ably serving as the . . . — — Map (db m89920) HM
This steel air funnel is from the iron ore carrier Middleton. This ship was also known as Nashanic, Gulfoil, and Pioneer Challenger. The vessel was built at the Bethlehem Steel Company Shipyard at Sparrows Point, . . . — — Map (db m89900) HM
This anchor was recovered in Northern Lake Michigan in 1979 by the crew of the USCG cutter/buoy tender Acacia when that ship was stationed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It was assumed that the anchor got fouled in the rocks and could not be . . . — — Map (db m89905) HM
This sawmill led to the
founding of Sturgeon Bay
The Founding of Little Lake
Sturgeon Bay's first major settlement was founded in 1853 with the construction of the Bradley-Crandall Sawmill. The original mill was located on a . . . — — Map (db m26859) HM
Sailors have long used floating objects secured to the sea bottom to mark reefs, shoals and other obstructions. Early markers were simply a log or barrel tied to a large rock strategically placed to warn mariners of danger. Over time these markers . . . — — Map (db m145888) HM
These vertical drums revolved on a spindle and were used for generating power required in heaving on a rope or an achor cable.
Donated by Janice D. Turner Pfingsten in memory of Elmer W. Richter, USCG — — Map (db m131461) HM
Born in Tysse, Norway, where steep cliffs and narrow inlets receive the sea, John Roen answered the call to a life of adventure, traveling to the U.S. in 1906. He became a Captain in 1920, and through astute purchases of Great Lakes vessels he . . . — — Map (db m89854) HM
Behind you, Government Bluff rises 150 feet above the waters of Sturgeon Bay. It was here that Door Countys first industry began in 1834 — a limestone quarry. Originally intended for a military fort that was never constructed, the stone was . . . — — Map (db m74258) HM
This light tower was used by the Coast Guard to mark Dunlap Reef, which is east of the navigation channel and north of the railroad bridge spur. (Bay View Park) in Sturgeon Bay.
Purchased with funds provided by Door County Marine Men's Club — — Map (db m90974) HM
This site marks the Eastern Terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Trail was designated a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1980 and Wisconsin's first State Scenic Trail in 1987. The Western Terminus is in Interstate State Park on . . . — — Map (db m39249) HM
With a maritime career begun in 1941 at Peterson Boat Works stockroom, Ellsworth attended the USMMA [United States Merchant Marine Academy] Kings Point and sailed on tankers in WWII. He rejoined his family's business, learned the tools of the . . . — — Map (db m89881) HM
Fred started his career in 1908 in his father's boatyard, Peterson Boat Works (PBW), at age 14. After PBW burned in 1918, Fred worked as a shipbuilding supervisor at Leathem Smith Shipyard. A resourceful entrepreneur, he was involved in . . . — — Map (db m89860) HM
George J. "Butch" Baudhuin was a primary force in the pleasure boat industry in Door County. Recognizing Sturgeon Bay's unique location connecting Lake Michigan and Green Bay, he began Baudhuin Yacht Harbor (now Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor) in 1944, . . . — — Map (db m89855) HM
This visually prominent building is a handsome example of the two-part commercial block style common during the period. It originally anchored what was once downtown's principal business corner prior to the completion of the Michigan Street Bridge . . . — — Map (db m89958) HM
The Downtown Historic District includes over forty late 19th and early 20th century commercial, civic and converted buildings. It is located along the three block long heart of Sturgeon Bay's traditional downtown. The District grew as a casual grid . . . — — Map (db m26885) HM
Howard loved the water, sailing and knew all about ships. He was a sailor, shipbuilder, boat launcher, and a long-time DCMM docent. He couldn't wait to sail each spring.
Lou was a great supporter of Howard. She cared for their home, children, . . . — — Map (db m89897) HM
Joseph Harris, Sr. recognized as the Father of Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, was born in London, England in 1813 and emigrated to the United States in 1849. Coming to Door County in 1855, he became involved in real estate. He built the first brick . . . — — Map (db m191568) HM
Caring - Compassionate - Loving
Co-Founder of Overland Bolling Company
Committed and devoted to his Customers and Employees
Remembered for his warm friendly smile
Lived his life by these simple words
You Reap What You Sow"
"Be The Best . . . — — Map (db m89827) HM
United States Coast Guard Radio Tower
Co-Founder of Overland Bolling Company
Founded in 1956
Lived his life by these simple words
"You Reap What You Sow"
"Be The Best That You Can Be
In This Land of . . . — — Map (db m89884) HM
John Leathem and Thomas Smith established this dolomite quarry at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay in 1893. Though they produced dimension stone for building harbors around Lake Michigan, Leathem and Smith's quarry became a major operation by capitalizing . . . — — Map (db m39345) HM
For many centuries, mariners have traversed the Great Lakes to deliver passengers and cargo, to gather fish, and to enjoy the splendid waters. This plaque is dedicated to those who lost their lives in this great water wilderness: the commercial . . . — — Map (db m89853) HM
The Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge was initially established in 1878 and was housed in a number of locations around downtown [illegible] 50 years before establishing a permanent home at this location. The building was designed by local architect . . . — — Map (db m89962) HM
This cast iron propeller and stirrup bearing unit is from the Steamer Wotum, which was built in 1893. This historic ship was 190 feet long, had a 36-foot beam, and weighed 936 gross tons. A steam engine was installed about 1910 - fore and . . . — — Map (db m90975) HM
These two propellers were removed from the John Purves during her renovation in 2007 and wrapped with rope for display.
They were originally installed in 1957 when the vessel was converted from steam to diesel power at the Sturgeon Bay . . . — — Map (db m89886) HM
This building was built as a library through a $12,500 Carnegie Foundation grant to the Sturgeon Bay Library Association. It was designed by local architect Fred D. Crandall and served the Sturgeon Bay community until 1974 when a new library was . . . — — Map (db m191571) HM
Bob Peterson lived on the water, worked on the water and played on the water. In 1939 he officially joined Peterson Builders Inc., the shipyard started by his father, Fred. After several military deferments, he enlisted in the army and served as . . . — — Map (db m89858) HM
In the early 1850's Robert Laurie and his family immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland. They bought land north of the village of Sturgeon Bay in an area now known as Sevastopol. Mr. Laurie, a sailor and shipbuilder by trade, found . . . — — Map (db m89852) HM
The schooner was found off Bailey's Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin. The rudder was brought up from Lake Michigan by Century Divers of Lake County, Illinois. It is estimated to be from about 1827. — — Map (db m131469) HM
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