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Picturing the Dells and Devil's Lake Region


Two women and a man pose atop Gibraltar Rock in Columbia County, ca. 1902 (WHI Image ID 11711
WHI 11711

Harry Ellsworth Cole (1861-1928) was a "nature lover and history lover." That's how historian Louise Phelps Kellogg remembered her colleague in her forward to Cole's book, "Stagecoach and Tavern Tales of the Old Northwest." The collection of Cole photographs at the Wisconsin Historical Society reflect those two loves. Although a native of Indiana and a journalist by trade (Cole was co-founder and editor of the Baraboo Daily News), he worked tirelessly to document and preserve Sauk County's and Wisconsin's natural beauty and history. Cole photographed scenic views of the Dells and Devil's Lake area as well as geological features throughout Sauk County. By including people in a number of the views, he provided a frame of reference for both physical scale and historical context.


:: Posted April 30, 2012

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