Sauk County Community

Historical Perspectives

 

A History of “The Strip”
Dell View to Fort Dells - 1927-1977

In northeastern Sauk County is one of the most heavily trafficked, popular and valuable sections of a highway in Wisconsin. US Highway 12 through Lake Delton is the main artery of the Dells-Delton tourist area that now has over three million visitors every year. Although the stretch is just over four and a half miles long, lining its length are resorts, hotels, motels, restaurants, water parks and other attractions with an aggregated property value of over one billion dollars. Most have direct frontage or lie just a block or two off of the highway. Known by locals as “the strip,” this section of Highway 12 has been part of vacation memories for millions of people for over ninety years. After Lake Delton was built in 1927, the strip slowly changed from a two lane highway through the woods connecting Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells to what it is today, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colorful and attention-grabbing signs, attractions and theme architecture.


Gone But Not Forgotten - Historic Baraboo

If names like the Juliar Theater and the Warren Hotel bring to mind recollections of certain buildings, you’ve probably lived in Sauk County for 20 years or more. Existing historic buildings connect us to the past and can tell us stories of how our communities evolved, but what about buildings that don’t exist anymore? Through historic photographs, maps and birds-eye drawings we can learn about buildings that were once here.

Gone But Not Forgotten - Historic Reedsburg

If names like the Ford Garage, or the Big Store bring to mind recollections of certain buildings, you’ve probably lived in Sauk County for 20 years or more. Existing historic buildings connect us to the past and can tell us stories of how our communities evolved, but what about buildings that don’t exist anymore? Through historic photographs, maps and birds-eye drawings we can learn about buildings that were once here.


Reedsburg 1874 Bird’s Eye Map 

The drawing, published in 1874 is essentially a map of the city at the time, with the added details of individual buildings, trees, wagon traffic, and pedestrians. Landmarks include the Baraboo River, Old Loganville Road, and the former Woolen Mill. The railroad, which came to Reedsburg in 1872, is featured, as well as a number of businesses, churches, and the public school.

Tour of 1889 Baraboo, Bird’s Eye Map

Baraboo's 1886 Bird's Eye map has many interesting features. Paul Wolter, of the Sauk County Historical Society, takes viewers on a journey through various points of interest on this historic map. He also compares the homes and businesses from 1886, to how they look today. 40 minutes. Produced and videoed by Bill Schuette. October, 2014

Beyond the Settlement - The Germans Arrive - Early Reedsburg History - Part 1 of 2

The story of the early pioneers who came to Sauk County and to what was to become Reedsburg. Discover who they were, why they came, and the legacy they left for future generations. Included are James Babb, David Reed, Main Baker, Ahu-Choga (Blue Wing), Rev. Dwinnell, John Rork, Nishan, Bernien

Beyond the Settlement - The Germans Arrive - Early Reedsburg History - Part 2 of 2

Presented by Cheryl Schwarzenbart. The Germans come to town. Reedsburg in the early to mid-20th Century.

Reedsburg 101

Part 1

The early history of Reedsburg.

A history of Reedsburg, WI, Part 1 presented by Paul Wolter, Sauk County Historical Society Executive Director.

Reedsburg 101

Part 2

A history of Reedsburg, WI, Part 2 presented by Paul Wolter, Sauk County Historical Society Executive Director. Covers the early history of the city, including some of it's early Pioneers.

Rock Springs, Part 1

A Sauk County Historical Society lecture on the history of Rock Springs-Ableman, Wisconsin. Newly available digitally searchable issues of the Baraboo News, provided interesting insights, for this lecture, into the early history of Ableman (Rock Springs), and to its founder, Col. Ableman.

Rock Springs, Part 2

 This presentation by Paul Wolter, Executive Director of the Sauk County Historical Society, will build on the Rock Springs “101” lecture. A brief recap of the “101” lecture on the origins of the community will include a look at some of the earliest pictures of Rock Springs.

Spring Green, Part 1

The history of Spring Green. 

Spring Green, Part 2

The history of Spring Green, continued.


Lake Delton

Presentation about the early days of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, and the history of the lake. 
And about the men and women who had the dream that some day the Lake Delton area would become a major tourist attraction. Includes scenes of the 2008 flood and breech that drained the lake!