North Shore Hotel Era

North Shore Hotel Era (HMP6H)

Location: Baraboo, WI 53913 Sauk County
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N 43° 24.549', W 89° 43.62'

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The Hotel Era at Devil's Lake lasted from 1866 into the early 1900's. The north shore area catered to an upscale clientele.

Caption for top left photo: On February 22, 1866 the "Hotel Era" began at Devil's Lake with the opening of the Minnewauken House. Located on the northeast shore of the lake, it could accommodate up to 20 guests.

Caption for top middle photo: An early visitor to the Minnewauken House was Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln.

Caption for top right photo: In 1869, Samuel Hartley would launch a steamboat named the "Capitola" at the lake. Built in Madison, Wisconsin, its shrill whistle could be heard in Baraboo three miles away!

Caption for middle left photo: In 1873 train service to Baraboo and Devil's Lake commenced. In 1896 a second set of tracks would be constructed.

Caption for center photo: With trains now carrying visitors to Devil's Lake from throughout the Midwest, Hartley enlarged the Minnewauken House to accommodate 200 visitors. Louis Claude was commissioned to design the structure as a Swiss-style Chalet. It was renamed the "Cliff House".

Caption for middle right photo: It would be enlarged again in 1882 and an additional structure called the "Annex" would also be built. 400 people could now be accommodated.

Caption for bottom left photo: Diners at the Cliff House were expected to wear proper attire for each meal. It was an elegant resort.

Caption for bottom middle photo: William B. Pearl (right) managed the Cliff House from 1878 until it closed in 1904. A post office was located in the Hotel lobby. The Cliff House was torn down in 1905.

Caption for bottom right photo: The Fortnightly Literary Club at the Cliff House. June 1900.
HM NumberHMP6H
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:58pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 279202 N 4809864
Decimal Degrees43.40915000, -89.72700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 24.549', W 89° 43.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 24' 32.94" N, 89° 43' 37.20" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2920-2998 Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Baraboo WI 53913, US
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