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Chute Pond County Park, State Highway 32/64

National or State Register of Historic Places
Chute Pond County Park, State Highway 32/64 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Chute Pond Dam
Reference Number:10000269
Location (Address):Chute Pond County Park, State Highway 32/64
Chute Pond Dam
Chute Pond County Park, Town of Mountain, Oconto County
Date of construction: 1937
Architect/ Engineer: WPA

Virgin white pine of northeastern Wisconsin attracted early settlers to northern Oconto County. When the virgin forests were depleted, the rocky, sandy soil and the northern climate proved too hard to make a living. Marginal farms were abandoned and the area was destitute and under-employed during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The area looked very bleak and desolate. The answer appeared to be the growing resort industry. The WPA built Chute Pond Dam corrected and conserved the flowage of the Oconto River. This dam was constructed in 1937 on the site of an old log dam (parts of which still remain under water a few feet from the present dam) which had been washed out several years previously.

The dam’s construction contributed to the growth of recreational opportunities in the area and brought additional local jobs. Chute Pond Dam creates an approximately 440-acre lake that is used for camping, boating, and fishing. The shoreline of Chute Pond is now home to a YMCA camp, many summer homes, a public campground, and a county park. The county park and the other tourist areas around the pond generate year around activities. As a result, the once desolate barren area, that had been shorn of its virgin forests, then burned over and abandoned, has become a place of beauty enjoyed by many. The increased recreational opportunities support the regional economy with money spent at local businesses, thereby providing work for area residents.

Period of Significance:1937-1959
Area of Significance:Entertainment/Recreation
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Industry/Processing/Extraction: Water Works
Architectural Style:No Style Listed
Resource Type:Structure
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:05/17/2010
State Register Listing Date:07/17/2009
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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