Door County's Emerald Treasure: A History of Peninsula State by William H. Tishler

By William H. Tishler

With its significant forests, bluffs, and coastline and its breathtaking perspectives of eco-friendly Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County’s Peninsula nation Park is without doubt one of the Midwest’s most well liked sights. confirmed in 1909, it used to be Wisconsin’s moment country park and a key to pioneering efforts to construct a kingdom park process that may be the envy of the nation.

Door County’s Emerald Treasure explores the wealthy historical past of the park land, from its significance to local americans and early eu settlers in the course of the 20th century. invoice Tishler engagingly relates the position of conservationists and progressives in setting up the nation park, its starting to be reputation for tourism and sport, and efforts to guard the park’s assets from a number of threats. Tishler additionally tells a bigger tale of american citizens’ intimate dating with the land round them and the problem to create available public areas that protect the usual environment. 

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19 The original memorial pole stood until the s when two Ephraim friends, J. Spencer Gould and sculptor Adlai Hardin, discovered that large areas of it had rotted. With help from the Ephraim Foundation and Gould, funds were raised to reconstruct the pole from a laminated pine column. Hardin donated his carving expertise. An additional band designed by Chief Roy Oshkosh to honor the Menominee tribe was added at the bottom. The new ninehundred-pound memorial pole was installed on July , .

4 The Claflin family cemetery, now known as the Thorp or Claflin-Thorp cemetery, can be found in the woods directly east of the Weborg Point Campground. Surrounded by a low concrete border, this tiny (about twenty-two-feet square) burial plot contains over a dozen discernible markers. 5 Another of the first inhabitants of what became Peninsula State Park was Ole Larson. Born in a village near Oslo, Norway, on April , , Larson immigrated to Buffalo, New York, where he ran a boardinghouse, then followed the Great Lakes water route westward to Fort Howard, where he operated a     store and trading post.

Holand gave a closing address, pointing out the symbolism of the bear on top of the pole. For Native Americans, the bear held the highest place among all animals because of its strength and courage. Holand had arranged lodging in Ephraim for three nights for the Potawatomi. On their last night, he joined them for dinner at the Evergreen Beach Hotel. As the conversation drifted to the chief ’s old age, Holand asked the honored guest if he would like to be buried at the foot of that monument. With great eagerness the chief indicated that it would be an extraordinary honor.

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