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The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1923
(1923)

Harrington, C. L.
Wisconsin parks,   pp. [53]-63 ff. PDF (4.0 MB)


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                    WISCONSIN PARKS
                          C. L. HARINGTON
                  Of the Conservation Commission
W ISCONSIN with its thirty-seven hundred lakes, its ten thousand
       rivers and streams, its forests and its rolling prairies, its moun-
tainous hills and fertile valleys, is becoming the great playground of
the Northwest. Early home of a fast disappearing race, the native
                    Americans. Full of historic interest through the
visits of the early French Jesuits and explorers,
who came to this country even before Plymouth
Colony was fourteen years old, before Philadelphia
was settled by William Penn, or Charleston, S. C.,
was begun. It is no wonder that travelers throng
here in ever increasing numbers each year.
  Under the supervision of the State Conservation
Commission some twelve thousand three hundred
and fifty-three acres of forest and lakes, moun-
tains and valleys, have been set aside into eight
state parks where !the natural beauty of the
primeval days will be preserved for future genera-
tions to enjoy.
                      Aside from   these eight parks there are many
 C. L. HARRI -.2TON
                    other tracts of land owned by individual societies
or associations, which are really part of Wisconsin's great park system,
and ultimately ;.ill come under direct state control. Within these
preserves the wild game of the state find safe refuge and every pre-
caution is taken to r3tain the natural beauties for which these tracts
have been selected anu still make them accessible and enjoyable for
the visitors.
  These playgrounds are lcoated in different parts of the state and
easily reached by the public. They are replete in beauty and natural
wildness, showing only the work o the hand of man in preserving them
and the installation of some modern conveniences for visitors. In
many, camping parties can secure tracts for summer homes or weekly
outings and the following descriptions will give but a meager idea of
their real beauty and worth to the state. In years to come their value
cannot be estimated in dollars and cents but today, they are a monu-
ment to the foresight of the state in !seeking the best interests of its
citizenfs.
                       DEVIL'S LAKE PARK
  Devil's Lake State Park is located about three miles south of the
city of Baraboo, in Sauk county. Within this park are 1,400 acres of
land purchased by the state in order to preserve the great natural


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