Archibald Barker - Irish Superman Irish immigrant Archibald Barker was just 24 when he became the first to raft a load of lumber down the Baraboo River in 1841. The trip was a memorable one. Later in life, Barker recalled seeing what looked like a dam of stones across the river at the lower Baraboo Rapids. The stones turned out to be sturgeons which were powerful enough to knock Barker down when he jumped in to collect three that he had killed with a handspike. This incident was just one of many colorful experiences that the Irishman would have. His time in the Baraboo Valley was interrupted for nine years when he made his way around the globe chasing gold and seeing his parents in Ireland one last time. In 1854 Barker returned to the Baraboo area and lived to see it transformed from the wilderness he once knew into a bustling city where he retired in one of the grandest houses on the edge of town. Click here to see the video
ROCK SPRINGS 101 The origin of the village of Rock Springs, like many communities, is inextricably linked to geographical features. Located at the confluence of Narrows Creek and the Baraboo River, the settlement sprang up around the mills that harnessed the available water power. The settlement was originally called Ableman after its biggest promoter, Colonel Stephen Van Rensselaer Ableman, an almost larger-than-life figure. Clich HERE to watch the video.
ROCK SPRINGS 201 A continuation of the talk from Rock Springs 101. Click HERE to watch the video. (A work in progress. Come back later)
ART of the A.R.T. Al. Ringling Theatre
If you missed the Sauk County Historical Society's presentation of "The Art of the A.R.T. at the Al. Ringling Theatre, you may watch it here: https://vimeo.com/162310110
Reedsburg 101 - Part 1 Reedsburg, WI, has an interesting history. Sauk County Historical Society's Paul Wolter, tells of the early settlement along the Baraboo River, which was to become the city of Reedsburg. Click HERE for a link to the video.
REEDSBURG 101 - Part 2 Learn about the early history of Reedsburg, Wisconsin What led the Pioneers to Sauk County? Who were they, and what are their stories? Click HERE for a link to the video
Spring Green 101 Spring Green is one of the most unique and interesting communities in the roster of Sauk County places. One of the few villages that did not grow up around a mill site, the birth of Spring Green is attributed to the railroad and Spring Green has the honor of being the site of the first railroad connection within the boundaries of Sauk County. Learn about the early history of Spring Green. Click Here for a link to the Spring Green lecture video.
SPRING GREEN 201 A continuation of the Spring Green 101 talk. Click HERE to view the video.
Reedsburg - Beyond the Settlement Learn about some of the people who were the early Pioneers to settle Reedsburg. They all have interesting stories to tell. click HERE for a link to the video.
In 2015, the Center for Wisconsin Archaeology continued its Sauk County Regional Archaeology Program (SCRAP) by sponsoring an archaeological field school that focused on research at various sites in the Sauk County area. A presentation on SCRAP’s 2015 was given recently by Archaeology Field and Lab Technician, Ms. Harley Sorefass.
When Lake Delton was filled for the first time in 1927, it marked the end of a construction project that had lasted for over a year and cost over $600,000 at the time. The creation of a lake for recreational and residential purposes was a new concept, especially in a state that had over 15,000 natural lakes. To view a presentation on the history of Lake Delton, click HERE.
Paul Wolter's Presentation on the 1889 Baraboo Map Click HERE to view it
Paul Wolter's presentation on Wm Canfield's 1859 Historic Map. Click HEREto view it.
Rob Nurre channels surveyor, Wm Canfield in this 30 minute tribute. Learn how "Canfield" discovered the Man Mound, and how he helped preserve it for future generations. Click HERE to watch the video.