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St. Mary's of the Pines Marker image, Touch for more information
By William J. Toman, April 9, 2011
St. Mary's of the Pines Marker
Wisconsin (Columbia County), Baraboo — St. Mary's of the Pines
Built by B.I. Durward & Neighbors 1866 Damaged by fire 1923 Restored by Madison Council Knights of Columbus 1929 — Map (db m41612) HM
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 441 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 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
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
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
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
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Site 4 — Man Mound
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 m57940) HM
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
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 . . . — Map (db m109257) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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 Wisconsin — Map (db m75985) HM
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — World War I Memorial
. . . — Map (db m42551) HM

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