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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1917, and June 30, 1918
(1918)

Brule Park,   p. 94 PDF (227.3 KB)


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94         WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION
                         BRULE PARK.
  Since the earliest settlement of Northern Wisconsin along the south
of Lake Superior the Brule River in Douglas county has been a
favorite resort of trout fishermen. It is counted the best trout stream
in the state, though some planted streams in other portions of the
state bid fair to rival it. Along this stream the state has reserved the
tract for a state park. Up to this time there have been no important
improvements made in the park except to plant coniferous trees on
the cut-over portions. The Conservation Commission has set out in all
72,000 coniferous trees in Brule Park. Some roads have been built, but
for the most part the natural wildness of the place, or at least the
conditions created by the lumberman remains. At one point along
Brule river lots have been set aside on which to build cottages for re-
sorters. The park is within easy walking distance from stations on the
Northern Pacific Railroad and the Duluth South Shore and Atlantic
Railroad.
  Up to this time Brule Park has been sought chiefly by fishermen
but its natural beauties including its clear waters and its balsam
fragrance will one day make it a popular recreation ground.
                        CUSHING PARK.
  The smallest of the parks of the state system is Cushing Park, in
Waukesha county which contains less than ten acres. To the Wau-
kesha County Historical Society is due the credit of creating this
park, which in 1915 was turned over to the state to be under the con-
trol of this Commission. The park comprises the old Cushing Home-
stead located a half mile west of Delafield in Waukesha county, and
the preservation of the place commemorates the three Cushings, all of
whom distinguished themselves by their bravery in the Civil War,
William B. Cushing, practically single handed, sank the ironclad ram
Albemarle, whch has been pronounced by Col. Roosevelt as one of the
most daring deeds on the pages of naval history. Alonzo H. fell at
the crest of the battle of Gettysburg, after being shot four times. He
did much to turn Pickett's charge and win the day. Howard B., the
third brother, was in command of a troop fighting the Apaches in the
Southwest, and lost his life in a hand to hand conflict with the In-
dians. No other Wisconsin family perhaps produced such a trio of
brave fighters.
  Cushing Park id cared for by the man in charge of the state hatchery
at Delafield. Through the generosity of Delafleld and Waukesha peo-
ple a fine road has been built in the park leading past the graceful
monument erected in memory of the Cushings. The Commission is
beautifying the park by tasteful planting of trees and shrubs, and
contemplate further improvements to enhance the beauty of the place.
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