Travel and Tourism

In the mid-nineteenth century, traveling for recreation became increasingly popular in the United States. Advancements in transportation, especially railroads and steamships, coupled with romantic conceptions of the nation's landscape helped encourage the growth of domestic tourism. People who would have earlier balked at the inconvenience of traveling began to take journeys for spiritual renewal, physical regeneration, freedom from social constraints, or simply to "see the sights." By the middle of the century, many enterprising Americans were ready to serve the needs of this new class called tourists.

As industrialization and urbanization transformed American life, many middle and upper class Americans... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: A survey of past and present hotels in Wisconsin, 1898A survey of past and present hotels in Wisconsin, 1898
Link to article: Door County in 1942: land of "sunshine, fruit, and water"Door County in 1942: land of "sunshine, fruit, and water"
Link to article: From sport to relaxation in Northern Wisconsin resorts, 1926From sport to relaxation in Northern Wisconsin resorts, 1926
Link to article: La Crosse's first motor-bike, 1900La Crosse's first motor-bike, 1900
Link to article: A trip to Wisconsin Dells in 1879A trip to Wisconsin Dells in 1879
Link to article: A trip through the Dells in 1849A trip through the Dells in 1849
Link to artifacts: An Aqualand water ski used for slalom skiingAn Aqualand water ski used for slalom skiing
Link to book: Official guidebook for the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition, 1948Official guidebook for the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition, 1948
Link to book: A Dells Tourist Brochure, 1932A Dells Tourist Brochure, 1932
Link to book: John Nolen drafts a plan for a state park system in 1909John Nolen drafts a plan for a state park system in 1909
Link to book: A Tourist Brochure for Marinette Co., ca. 1923A Tourist Brochure for Marinette Co., ca. 1923
Link to book: A Tourist Brochure for Shawano and the Menominee Indian Reservation, ca. 1925A Tourist Brochure for Shawano and the Menominee Indian Reservation, ca. 1925
Link to book: A travel guide to healthful resorts in the upper Midwest, 1875A travel guide to healthful resorts in the upper Midwest, 1875
Link to book: Stories from Wisconsin's circuses, 1850-1908Stories from Wisconsin's circuses, 1850-1908
Link to book: The Pneumatic, a progressive monthly paper for cyclistsThe Pneumatic, a progressive monthly paper for cyclists
Link to book: A 1923 brochure for Ross's Teal Lake Lodge near HaywardA 1923 brochure for Ross's Teal Lake Lodge near Hayward
Link to book: A 1910 automobile travel guide to WisconsinA 1910 automobile travel guide to Wisconsin
Link to book: A Manual for Operating a Girls' Summer Camp, 1955A Manual for Operating a Girls' Summer Camp, 1955
Link to book: A fisherman's guide to Northern WisconsinA fisherman's guide to Northern Wisconsin
Link to book: An illustrated guide for tourists to Wisconsin Dells, 1875An illustrated guide for tourists to Wisconsin Dells, 1875
Link to book: Fly-fishing in the Northwoods, 1875-1877.Fly-fishing in the Northwoods, 1875-1877.
Link to book: A tourist booklet from Wisconsin Dells, ca. 1930A tourist booklet from Wisconsin Dells, ca. 1930
Link to book: A folding brochure for a Wisconsin Dells resort, ca. 1930A folding brochure for a Wisconsin Dells resort, ca. 1930
Link to collections: Promotional material created for the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial ExpositionPromotional material created for the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial Exposition
Link to images: Tourist Views of La Crosse, ca. 1892Tourist Views of La Crosse, ca. 1892
Link to images: Increase Lapham examining a meteorite, ca. 1868Increase Lapham examining a meteorite, ca. 1868
Link to images: Photographs of the Starlite Drive-in in Green Bay, 1959Photographs of the Starlite Drive-in in Green Bay, 1959
Link to images: Images of the circus in WisconsinImages of the circus in Wisconsin
Link to images: Pictures of tourist hotels and activities, 1885-1939Pictures of tourist hotels and activities, 1885-1939
Link to images: The photographs of H.H. BennettThe photographs of H.H. Bennett
Link to images: Photograph album depicting a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls in the 1940sPhotograph album depicting a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls in the 1940s
Link to manuscript: Memorabilia from a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls, 1949-1951, box 1Memorabilia from a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls, 1949-1951, box 1
Link to manuscript: Memorabilia from a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls, 1949-1951, box 2Memorabilia from a Northwoods Summer Camp for Girls, 1949-1951, box 2
Link to manuscript: Four Madison Teenagers Paddle the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Rock RiversFour Madison Teenagers Paddle the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Rock Rivers
Link to manuscript: Final reports of the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition organizing committees, 1948Final reports of the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition organizing committees, 1948
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