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

By William H. Tishler

With its really good forests, bluffs, and coastline and its breathtaking perspectives of eco-friendly Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County’s Peninsula nation Park is likely one of the Midwest’s preferred points of interest. demonstrated in 1909, it was once Wisconsin’s moment kingdom 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 heritage of the park land, from its significance to local americans and early eu settlers during the 20th century. invoice Tishler engagingly relates the function of conservationists and progressives in developing the kingdom park, its transforming into acceptance for tourism and sport, and efforts to guard the park’s assets from numerous threats. Tishler additionally tells a bigger tale of american citizens’ intimate courting with the land round them and the problem to create available public areas that shield the normal environment. 

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Navigation along its shores could be difficult, however, because of the many islands, treacherous shoals and reefs, strong winds, dense fogs, and dangerous currents, especially the passage at its tip, Port des Morts. Early sailing ships and steamers were often forced from their designated routes to spend considerable time running to seek refuge in harbors or, where possible, on the protected lee side of land. If they were fortunate enough to make it, they could spend days at anchor waiting for favorable sailing conditions when the storm subsided.

Later, when lumber became plentiful, many of the early dwellings were covered with board siding to protect the logs and portray a more modern appearance. Today it is difficult to imagine that many hundreds of people once resided in the park. Several families moved away when whitefish and trout catches Lunchtime for the threshing crew at Olaf Hanson’s farm, located at what is now the park’s golf course. Left to right: Mrs. Bart (with coffee pot), Olaf Hanson’s daughter; Albert Hanson, Olaf ’s brother and owner of the threshing machine; Olaf Hanson; Simon Hanson, in white shirt; Albert Jarman, next to end in front row; T.

17 Vestiges of Ephraim’s Scandinavian culture remain strong to this day, and are evident in family names as well as festivals, log buildings, food preferences, and other Old World characteristics. Since only about  percent of Norway’s rugged land was arable, many Norwegians who came to America dreamed of having their own plot of land and prospering from farming. Indeed, many of the early residents of the park hoped for just such a future. Those who farmed often supplemented their income by logging, fishing, and general “handyman” work that included carpentry and other odd jobs.

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