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View of Devil's Lake from the shore of the Kirkland Hotel, located at the southeast corner of the lake. There is building, perhaps a boathouse, on the shore near the boats and boating docks.


Image ID: 86618

Creation Date: 1922 

Creator Name: Gillett, Sherwin

City: Baraboo

County: Sauk

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Gillett, Sherwin H.: Papers and Photographs, 1910 - 1961

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: (G5)00676

Original Dimensions: 5 x 4 inches


From the Sauk County Historical Society ( In 1854 Nobel C. Kirk(1827-1895) and Sarah Kirk (1839-1921) bought several hundred acres of property at the Southeastern corner of Devil's Lake. The Kirk's built the Kirkland Resort. More than a dozen cottages were also built between 1880 and the 1890s. Most of the cottages had three rooms and a screened porch. The Kirkland Hotel rented cottages and tents to their guests at Devil's Lake. The Kirkland had a bus that would meet visitors at the railroad station and take them to the hotel in 1909. The Kirkland Hotel was built in 1906. It was not as fancy as Cliff House but was very popular with families of modest income. When Noble died the resort was managed by Harry Otto Terwiller. Terwiller leased the land and ran the hotel until 1921. The hotel was sometimes called the Terwiller Hotel. The Kirland was leased by Arthur Murphy until 1927. Mrs. N.C. Kirk sold the hotel and 430 acres to the state. During the 1930's and 1940's the hotel housed various groups. The Kirkland was torn down in 1946. It was the last remaining Devils Lake resort. The Kirkland cottages were sold to the Silverdale Resort, (North of Devil Lake).




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