Tag Archives: Wisconsin

Congress Hall Canyon, Lake Delton, Wisconsin

This image shows a wood plank walkway through a canyon-like rock formation near Lake Delton, Wisconsin, near the Wisconsin Dells.

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The village of Lake Delton took its name from a reservoir formed near there by a dam built in 1927. It is likely this image dates from the 1930s.

YMCA Camp, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

This image shows a young man reading near the buildings which made up the YMCA Camp located near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It has been redeveloped into the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA.

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The fate of this facility is described on the YMCA National History web site, and the relevant information excerpted here:

“The need for a formal school was also felt in the Midwest, with a YMCA Training School housed in the downtown Chicago YMCA opening in 1890 with five students. It ultimately became George Williams College, after merging with the Western Secretarial Institute, a summer training school in Lake Geneva, Wis., in 1892. A century later, George Williams College became part of Aurora University, in Aurora, Ill.”

The facility is thus no longer in existence. The card was used and is dated 21 June 1928.

Little Norway Bedroom, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

This illustration shows the bedroom of a building on the grounds of Little Norway, a reconstructed Norwegian village near the town of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.

Photo by Diemer

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Little Norway changed hands a few times over the years, and recently was closed because of declining tourist revenue. The most famous component of the site, the stave church known as the Norway building, has been purchased by parties from Orkdal, Norway where the church was constructed, and is slated to be shipped there for reconstruction by 2017.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.