State Park Movement in Wisconsin

State Park Movement in Wisconsin (HM1EUL)

Location: Dresser, WI 54009 Polk County
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N 45° 23.753', W 92° 38.632'

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Interstate Park

In 1878 the Legislature set aside 50,000 acres of "Public Trust Fund Lands" as a "State Park." These were scattered timbered lands located in Lincoln, Iron, Vilas and Oneida Counties. Because no effort was made to develop these lands, the Legislature of 1897 rescinded its previous actions and during subsequent years the lands were sold.

Many Wisconsin citizens at that time believed that areas of state-wide significance should be acquired for the use and inspiration of the people. Here at the Dalles of the St. Croix this public interest first took form. Harry D. Baker of St. Croix Falls and George H. Hazard of Taylors Falls headed groups from their respective states for acquiring land on both sides of the river for an Interstate Park. In 1895 their efforts caused the Wisconsin Legislature to authorize a "Commission for the Interstate Park at the Dalles of the St. Croix." Under its direction in 1900, the first land was acquired.

Still dedicated to the original concepts for public use, State Parks have now been developed in all parts of the state. They include sites of historic, archeologic, and geologic values as well as thousands of acres of the finest natural scenery in Wisconsin.

Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number143
Year Placed1964
Placed ByWisconsin Conservation Department
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 527874 N 5026991
Decimal Degrees45.39588333, -92.64386667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 23.753', W 92° 38.632'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 23' 45.18" N, 92° 38' 37.92" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1198 Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Dresser WI 54009, US
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