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Historical Markers in Sauk County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Sauk County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Sauk County, WI (60) Adams County, WI (8) Columbia County, WI (73) Dane County, WI (443) Iowa County, WI (20) Juneau County, WI (20) Richland County, WI (15) Vernon County, WI (27)  SaukCounty(60) Sauk County (60)  AdamsCounty(8) Adams County (8)  ColumbiaCounty(73) Columbia County (73)  DaneCounty(443) Dane County (443)  IowaCounty(20) Iowa County (20)  JuneauCounty(20) Juneau County (20)  RichlandCounty(15) Richland County (15)  VernonCounty(27) Vernon County (27)
Baraboo is the county seat for Sauk County
Adjacent to Sauk County, Wisconsin
      Adams County (8)  
      Columbia County (73)  
      Dane County (443)  
      Iowa County (20)  
      Juneau County (20)  
      Richland County (15)  
      Vernon County (27)  
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1 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Baraboo River
The river front was once the heart of Baraboo. Railroads, industry and commercial trade gravitated toward the river, making it the initial center of activity. On the river in this area at various times 1844 - 1902 were saw mill, lathe, shingle, bed . . . Map (db m20302) HM
2 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Building a NationThe Civilian Conservation Corps: 1933-1942
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help poor families during the Great Depression and to deal with serious natural resources problems. Because of its focus on both employment and conservation, the . . . Map (db m192304) HM
3 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Building a Park SystemThe CCC and Wisconsin State Parks: 1933-1942
The CCC operated camps in 11 Wisconsin State Parks and over 60 other locations through the state. Over 60,000 men served in state parks and contributed to lasting landscape and building improvements, many of which remain today. Crews here and . . . Map (db m192305) HM
4 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Camel House-1915- — Ringling Bros World's Greatest Shows —
Stabled the Ringling's Lead Stock of Camels, Zebras, and LlamasMap (db m141765) HM
5 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Camp Life
Each camp housed 200 men plus technical staff and army personnel. Enrollees slept, ate and relaxed in uninsulated barracks - simple, tarpapered wooden structures built by the first enrollees. Screens on windows and doors let in cool, summer night . . . Map (db m192322) HM
6 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — 441 — Civilian Conservation CorpsCamp Devil's Lake
In an effort to get the economy moving during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Federal Government initiated a number of work projects. One of these was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was for males, ages 18 to 25. Men were . . . Map (db m19986) HM
7 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Devil's Lake and the Local Residents
Even though visitors were drawn to the Lake by its beauty, the hotels would not have been as successful without the workers and the services provided by the local families in the area. Caption for upper left photo: Workers at the . . . Map (db m37652) HM
8 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Early History of Devil's Lake
In 1911, Devil's Lake became the third State Park in Wisconsin. Devil's Lake was created when the last glacier to visit this area began to retreat approximately 14,000 years ago. Glacial debris plugged both ends of the Devil's Lake Gorge as . . . Map (db m37613) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — First Permanent Home in Baraboo
On this site in 1839 first permanent home in Baraboo was erected by Abraham Wood, who with Wallace Rowan, built nearby in 1840, the first sawmill and dam on the Baraboo River.Map (db m191590) HM
10 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Hard at Work
Workers carved stone blocks and hand-hewed timbers for most projects. This labor-intensive method resulted in distinctive and sturdy buildings such as the North Shore Bath House and the headquarters building. Other buildings include two . . . Map (db m192321) HM
11 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Ice Age National Scientific Reserve
[A map in the upper left corner of the marker shows the extent of glaciation over North America and Wisconsin's position. Below it, a map shows the extent of glaciation in Wisconsin, with the locations of National Scientific Reserve Sites . . . Map (db m38943) HM
12 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Indian Mounds and Village
At this site was the village of Chief Car-A-Maue-Nee of the Winnebago Indians. Across the St. was his Council House in the midst of 7 effigy Earth mounds representing animals. In this area were about 90 effigies and conical mounds, second largest of . . . Map (db m65670) HM
13 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Man MoundNational Historic Landmark
Man Mound has been designated a National Historic Landmark The Man Mound is nationally significant as a rare example of a human-shaped Effigy Mound. Effigy Mounds are earthen sculptures created in the shapes of . . . Map (db m141035) HM
14 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Site 4 — Man Mound Reported permanently removed
This huge likeness of a man is thought to represent a powerful Indian God. The aborigines who made it may have been the Effigy Mound Builders. These Indians lived here about 1000 years ago. Nearly 900 of their earthworks have been found in Sauk . . . Map (db m182854) HM
15 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Man Mound Park
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16 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — No. 19 Cole Bros. Circus Seal Lion Den
✶ Probably built in 1943 by Cole Bros. craftsmen in Louisville, Kentucky ✶ Constructed entirely of structural steel and rides on solid rubber tires ✶ Included a water tank for the sea lions' comfort and . . . Map (db m141111) HM
17 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — North Shore Hotel Era
The Hotel Era at Devil's Lake lasted from 1866 into the early 1900's. The north shore area catered to an upscale clientele. Caption for top left photo: On February 22, 1866 the "Hotel Era" began at Devil's Lake with the opening of . . . Map (db m37645) HM
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18 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Ringling Bros. Circus
In 1884, the Ringling Bros. founded their Circus in Baraboo. For thirty-four years, until 1918, the circus used these very buildings here on Water Street as their winterquarters. The Ringling Bros. Circus, starting pathetically small, grew . . . Map (db m191583) HM
19 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — 42 — Ringling Brothers Circus
“The Greatest Show on Earth” was born and grew to maturity in Baraboo, just north of here. When the five Ringling brothers gave the first performance of their "Great Double Shows, Circus and Caravan," May 19, 1884, the main tent was 45 by 90 feet. . . . Map (db m185211) HM
20 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters
Has Been Designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the Provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this Site Possesses Exceptional Value in Commemorating or Illustrating the History of the United . . . Map (db m141768) HM
21 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Sauk County Civil War Monument
Erected to the memory of Sauk County soldiers in the War for the Union by Joe Hooker Post No. 9, Dept. of Wis. Grand Army of the Republic The Women's Relief Corps No. 36 and Citizens of Sauk County. —— 1896 1861 . . . Map (db m42540) HM
22 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — South Shore Hotel Era
While the north shore catered to a more elegant lifestyle, the south shore retained a touch of rustic charm. Caption for upper left photo: A "Public House" was first erected on the south shore in 1870 by H.B. Sheldon. It would go by . . . Map (db m37655) HM
23 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — 338 — The Lower Narrows
This large gap, called the Lower Narrows, is one of three major gorges that cut through the 50 mile circumference of the Baraboo Range. These gorges were created by rivers more than 500 million years ago and then buried by sediments in a vast sea . . . Map (db m3951) HM
24 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage
In Recognition of The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage presented by Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Owners of the Greatest Show on Earth This historical marker, commemorates the birthplace of the . . . Map (db m109260) HM
25 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — The Ringling Brothers of Baraboo
The Ringling family resided in Baraboo for many years. Being of German & French extraction, they literally went from rags to riches while operating their circus out of Baraboo. This closely knit family brought fame & prominence to their hometown, . . . Map (db m109265) HM
26 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — The Ringling Winter Quarters and the Baraboo River
Between 1886 and 1918 the Ringling Bros. Circus occupied at least 22 winter quarters buildings in the Ringlingville area along the north side of the Baraboo River as well as a railroad car shop on the south side of the river six blocks to the west. . . . Map (db m191589) HM
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27 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Thompson House Hotel
Thompson House Hotel 1899 is listed in the State Register of Historic Places The State Historical Society of WisconsinMap (db m75985) HM
28 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — Warner Memorial Road
This enduring highway connecting Baraboo with Devils Lake was made possible through the generosity of Wilbur William Warner (1850 – 1916) Whose boyhood home was here. To his cherished memory this tablet is gratefully . . . Map (db m20251) HM
29 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Baraboo — World War I Memorial
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30 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Hillpoint — 5 — White Mound
About one mile to the southeast is the site of White Mound. This village consisted of a general store and post office, cheese factory, blacksmith shop, saloon, and dance hall. The post office was in existence from 1859 to 1919. Before granting this . . . Map (db m183095) HM
31 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Ironton — 2 — The Ironton Mine
The first iron deposits in Sauk County were discovered about 1½ miles south of here in 1849. The commercial production of iron was begun by Jonas Tower in 1858. Large slag deposits at the smelter site still give evidence of the iron operation. . . . Map (db m59786) HM
32 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — 26 — Dawn ManorSite of the Lost City of Newport
Here on the Wisconsin River the village of Newport was begun in 1853, planned for a population of 10,000. Assuming that the Milwaukee & LaCrosse Railroad would cross the river here, over 2000 settlers quickly came to Newport, causing a lively land . . . Map (db m7984) HM
33 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — Kaminski Park
On April 14, 2003, the Lake Delton Village Board named this park "Kaminski Park" in honor of Frank J. Kaminski in recognition of his tireless efforts in promoting this development. This honor was bestowed upon Frank because of his commitment to the . . . Map (db m192051) HM
34 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — 527 — Lake Delton Catastrophe
On the morning of June 9, 2008, after several days of drenching rains, flood waters overtopped the banks of Lake Delton and washed away a narrow strip of land separating the lake from the Wisconsin River. Raging waters sent the 267-acre Lake Delton . . . Map (db m33281) HM
35 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — Logging and Lumbering on the Wisconsin River
In the late 19th century, Wisconsin became one of the leading lumber producing states in the country. Before the construction of Wisconsin's railroads, the state's major rivers were used to transport logs and lumber from northern Wisconsin to . . . Map (db m192028) HM
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36 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — Newport Indian Mound
The Newport mound group formerly consisted of two large panther effigies aligned with the western bank of the Wisconsin River at the Lower Dells. One of the panthers was destroyed in the 19th Century during construction of the Village of Newport. . . . Map (db m192022) HM
37 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Lake Delton — Priegel Pier
In June of 2008 after an unprecedented series of storms, a breach occurred in the eastern end of Lake Delton completely draining the lake. Gordon "Gordy" Priegel, a Trustee for the Village of Lake Delton and a gentleman very knowledgeable of fish . . . Map (db m192048) HM
38 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Leland — Natural Bridge State ParkThe Bridge / The Rockshelter
The Bridge This Natural Bridge of sandstone, 35 feet high, was carved by the uneven dissolving of mineral deposits holding the sand grains together. The result after many years of erosion by water, frost action, wind, and gravity is the . . . Map (db m20195) HM
39 Wisconsin, Sauk County, North Freedom — 461 — Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society has operated steam trains at North Freedom since 1963 preserving early 1900s railroading history. The museum runs vintage rolling stock on a branch line opened in 1903 to serve iron mines. Its . . . Map (db m19951) HM
40 Wisconsin, Sauk County, North Freedom — Vodak Memorial Park
Joseph A. Vodak 1898 – 1974 Julia Wopat Vodak 1903 – 1985 The Vodak family moved to North Freedom in 1927 from Hillsboro, Wis. Joe operated a sawmill at railroad museum location and a lumber shop at this site. Joe and . . . Map (db m20228) HM
41 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Plain — White Mound Settlement“Billytown”
The northern area of Franklin Township, Sauk County, WI, was first settled in the early 1850s by mostly English, along with some Irish and a few Swiss immigrants. This area, known as White Mound, got its name from the whitish limestone rock, which . . . Map (db m183099) HM
42 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Prairie du Sac — 89 — The Baraboo Range
The rugged range of hills which can be seen to the north of here is among the oldest visible physical features on the earth. The hard quartzite rock that forms them was deposited as sand in a shallow sea which once covered this region. Although . . . Map (db m19488) HM
43 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — Attempted Native American Deportation and Relocation
This historic depot stands on the site of an attempted deportation and relocation of the family of Ahuchoga (also known as Blue Wing) Chief of the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) to a reservation in Nebraska. Here on December 26, 1873, a heroic group of . . . Map (db m158789) HM
44 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — 89 — Babb's Ford1844 · 1851
In Memory. J.W. Babb. First White Settler. Babbs Ford 1844 · 1851 Donated By M. Baker, Grandson. Made By H.V. Hamilton.Map (db m33428) HM
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45 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — 245 — Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist
Clare A. Briggs was born in Reedsburg on August 5, 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. William Pardee Briggs. At an early age Briggs became a sketch artist, and in 1896 he accepted a job as an illustrator with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. After . . . Map (db m1649) HM
46 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — Clare Briggs, Cartoonist
Clare A. Briggs was born in Reedsburg on 5 August 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. William Pardee Briggs; he lived here into his early teens. Briggs became one of our nation's best known cartoonists, often using local scenes and names in his popular . . . Map (db m33609) HM
47 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — 603 — Reedsburg WWII Prisoner of War Camp
Near this location was Camp Reedsburg, a World War II prisoner of war camp that housed 137 German POWs. There were more than 35 camps across Wisconsin. The United States entered WWII after Pearl Harbor and within months began receiving enemy POWs. . . . Map (db m225367) HM
48 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Reedsburg — Veterans Memorial
Fuhrman-Finnegan Post 350 American Legion Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dedicated Nov. 11, 1958 Map (db m34051) HM
49 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Rock Springs — Van Hise Rock
The material of this rock was once sand on the sea bottom, and has since hardened into quartzite. It was tilted to the present position by a slow earth movement, and then separated from the adjacent cliff by erosion. The vertical light and dark . . . Map (db m19848) HM
50 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Rock Springs — 413 — Van Hise Rock
This outcrop of Baraboo Quartzite, located in the Baraboo Hills and known as Van Hise Rock, has been the focus of national and international scientific interest for over one hundred years. The rock is named in honor of University of . . . Map (db m32445) HM
51 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Sauk City — 226 — August W. Derleth
Born February 24, 1909, in Sauk City, August Derleth lived virtually his entire life in his native Sac Prairie. He began writing at the age of thirteen and had over 150 books to his credit at the time of his death on July 4, 1971. Versatile as he . . . Map (db m148690) HM
52 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Sauk City — Culver's
The George Culver family opened the original Culver's Frozen Custard Restaurant on this site July 18, 1984 The current restaurant opened April 27, 2000 This monument is a tribute to the Sauk-Prairie area residents . . . Map (db m19479) HM
53 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Sauk City — 52 — Free Congregation of Sauk County
Organized in 1852 by German-American settlers, the Free Congregation (Freie Gemeinde) dominated the cultural, economic and intellectual life of Sauk City well into the twentieth century. This is one of two congregations surviving a once prominent . . . Map (db m67226) HM
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54 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Sauk City — Site 3 — Sauk City
Sauk City originally was the site of an important Indian village. Jonathan Carver visited here on October 9, 1766 and wrote, "This is the largest and best built Indian town I ever saw. It contains about 90 houses, each large enough for several . . . Map (db m57935) HM
55 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Sauk City — The Salem Church
The Salem Evangelical Church, now commonly known as the Honey Creek United Methodist Church, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This church and its site commemorate the settlers from Canton Graubuenden, Switzerland and their . . . Map (db m137084) HM
56 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Spring Green — 410 — Western Escape
On July 22, during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Sac Indian leader Black Hawk and about 700 followers escaped down the Wisconsin River after the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. Traveling the river in hastily built canoes and rafts or on foot along the . . . Map (db m35337) HM
57 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Wisconsin Dells — Honoring Village Trustee Tom Diehl
On June 9, 2008 after an unprecedented series of storms, a breach occurred in the eastern end of Lake Delton. Lake Delton is the heart of the community and an essential part of the tourist industry. Immediate restoration of the lake was . . . Map (db m192031) HM
58 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Wisconsin Dells — Site of Fort DellsTheme Park
Modeled after Frontierland at Disneyland, Fort Dells was built here in 1959 bringing the Disney Experience to Dells Visitors for 26 years. Featuring–Stagecoach, Railroad, Paddlewheel Steamboat, Swinging Bridge, Blockhouse Exhibits, Escape . . . Map (db m9294) HM
59 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Wisconsin Dells — Stanton Peter Helland
This American Flag was dedicated November 22, 2002 to honor Stanton Peter Helland, who is symbolic of unwavering leadership, determined dedication and peerless contributions to preserving the unique beauty and scenic splendor of . . . Map (db m26182) HM
60 Wisconsin, Sauk County, Wisconsin Dells — 104 — Wisconsin Dells
The Indians believed that many years ago the Great Spirit, in the form of a snake, created the Dells when it forced its huge body through a narrow opening in the rocks. Geological studies, however, show that the Dells were formed some fifteen . . . Map (db m1882) HM
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Jun. 9, 2023