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By Keith L, June 7, 2009
Baraboo River Marker
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Baraboo River
On Water Street (State Highway 113) at Oak Street, on the left when traveling west on Water Street.
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 — Camel House -1915- Ringling Bros World's Greatest Shows —
On Water Street (Highway 113) at Elizabeth Street on Water Street.
Stabled the Ringling's Lead Stock of Camels, Zebras, and Llamas — Map (db m141765) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 441 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Devil's Lake
Near South Lake Road 1.9 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 113, on the left when traveling west.
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
Near South Lake Road 3 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 113, on the right when traveling west.
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
Near South Lake Road 3 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 113, on the right when traveling west.
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
Near South Lake Road 3 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 113, on the right when traveling west.
[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
On Water Street (State Highway 113) east of Mound Street, on the right when traveling east.
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
Near Man Mound Road 0.5 miles east of Trapp Road, on the right when traveling east.
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 — Man Mound National Historic Landmark
On Man Mound Road 0.5 miles east of Trapp Road.
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 . . . — Map (db m141035) HM

Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Man Mound Park
On Man Mound Road 0.5 miles east of Trapp Road.
. . . — Map (db m141036) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — No. 19 Cole Bros. Circus Seal Lion Den
On Water Street (Wisconsin Route 113) at Elizabeth Street, on the right when traveling east on Water Street.
✶ 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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — North Shore Hotel Era
Near South Lake Road 3 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 113, on the right when traveling west.
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 — Ringling Bros. Circus
On Water Street (Highway 113) at Elizabeth Street on Water Street.
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 m141761) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — 42 — Ringling Brothers Circus
On U.S. 12, on the right when traveling north.
“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 — Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters
On Water Street (Highway 113) at Elizabeth Street on Water Street.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Baraboo — Sauk County Civil War Monument
On Oak Street north of 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
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
Near South Lake Road 3 miles from Wisconsin Highway 113, on the right when traveling west.
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
On State Highway 33 west of County Highway U, on the right when traveling east.
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
On 4th Avenue west of Oak Street, on the left when traveling west.
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
Near Water Street (State Highway 113) west of Elizabeth Street, on the left when traveling west.
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
On Ash Street at Water Street, on the right when traveling north on Ash Street.
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
Near County Road D1, on the left when traveling west.
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
On Oak Street north of 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
. . . — Map (db m42551) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Ironton — 2 — The Ironton Mine
On Mill Street (State Highway 58) at State Street, on the right when traveling north on Mill Street.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Lake Delton — 26 — Dawn Manor Site of the Lost City of Newport
On County Highway A 0.2 miles south of Hiawatha Drive, on the right when traveling south.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Lake Delton — 527 — Lake Delton Catastrophe
On Dam Road near County Highway A.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Leland — Natural Bridge State Park The Bridge / The Rockshelter
Near County Highway C 1 mile east of Hemlock Road, on the left when traveling east.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), North Freedom — 461 — Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society
Near West Walnut Street / Museum Road 0.3 miles west of Maple Street (County Highway I / PF), on the right when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), North Freedom — Vodak Memorial Park
On West Walnut Street west of North Maple Street (County Highway I), on the right when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Prairie du Sac — 89 — The Baraboo Range
On U.S. 12 1.2 miles north of Prairie Road (County Highway Z), on the right when traveling north.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — 89 — Babb's Ford 1844 1851
On East Main Street (State Highway 23/33) west of Webb Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — 245 — Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist
On State Highway 33 0.1 miles east of Wakerly Lane, on the left when traveling east.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — Clare Briggs, Cartoonist
Near North Webb Avenue near Fourth Street.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Reedsburg — Veterans Memorial
On North Webb Avenue south of South 8th Street, on the right when traveling south.
Fuhrman-Finnegan Post 350 American Legion Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dedicated Nov. 11, 1958 — Map (db m34051) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Rock Springs — Van Hise Rock
On North River Street (State Highway 136) 0.8 miles north of Broadway (State Highway 154), on the right when traveling north.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Rock Springs — 413 — Van Hise Rock
On North River Street (State Highway 136) 0.8 miles north of Broadway (State Highway 154), on the right when traveling north.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — 226 — August W. Derleth
On Water Street at Hemlock Street, on the left when traveling south on Water Street.
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 m2949) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — Culver's
Near Phillips Boulevard (U.S. 12) west of Dallas Street, on the left when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — 52 — Free Congregation of Sauk County
On Polk Street west of John Adams Street, on the right when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — Site 3 — Sauk City
On Water Street north of Van Buren Street, on the right when traveling north.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Sauk City — The Salem Church
Near Church Road at Cty PF (County Highway PF).
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Spring Green — 410 — Western Escape
On State Highway 60 near Neuhelsel Road, on the left when traveling west.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — Honoring Village Trustee Tom Diehl
On Dam Road at County Route A, on the right when traveling south on Dam Road.
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 m141026) HM
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — Site of Fort Dells Theme Park
On Wisconsin Dells Parkway (State Highway 23) south of State Highway 13, on the right when traveling south.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — Stanton Peter Helland
Near State Highway 13/16 0.1 miles east of U.S. 12, on the right when traveling east.
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
Wisconsin (Sauk County), Wisconsin Dells — 104 — Wisconsin Dells
Near State Highway 13/16 0.1 miles east of U.S. 12, on the right when traveling east.
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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