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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
✶ 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
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
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
“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
Has Been Designated a
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
Erected to the memory of
Sauk County soldiers
in the War for the Union
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.
1861 . . . — — Map (db m42540) HM
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
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
In Recognition of
The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage
Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Owners of the Greatest Show on Earth
This historical marker, commemorates the birthplace of the . . . — — Map (db m109260) HM
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
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
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