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1230 State Trunk Highway 32 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

National or State Registers Record

1230 State Trunk Highway 32

National or State Register of Historic Places
1230 State Trunk Highway 32 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club
Reference Number:13000808
Location (Address):1230 State Trunk Highway 32
Township:Three Lakes
Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club
1230 State Trunk Highway (STH) 32, Town of Three Lakes, Oneida County
Dates of construction of contributing resources: 1889-1967

The Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club is a highly intact example of a private club in Wisconsin's Northwoods. Private clubs, seasonal resorts, and personal cottage retreats were properties established in the northern half of the state beginning in the late nineteenth century as the region's primary industry shifted from logging to tourism. Oneida County, in particular, developed into a tremendously popular destination for fishermen, hunters, and those simply seeking "rest and relaxation" amid the unique lakeside beauty of the region.

The Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club began as the Gogebic Club, a group of sportsmen mostly from Batavia, Illinois, that summered at Lake Gogebic, Michigan, in 1884 and 1885. In 1886 a fishing tip directed the 25-member Gogebic Club instead to the Three Lakes area. The men returned to Three Lakes regularly, with many of their families, until the Gogebic Club's disbandment in 1891. A handful of former members kept with tradition however, and in 1899 officially organized as the Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club and acquired land on an isthmus between Spirit, Medicine, and Laurel Lakes.

The Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club property has been continuously owned and used by the Club for recreational purposes for over a century. The Club is private property and the homes and cottages are private residences. Please respect the rights and privacy of Club members.

Period of Significance:1899-1967
Area of Significance:Entertainment/Recreation
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Camp
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Outdoor Recreation
Historic Use:Social: Clubhouse
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:District
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:10/30/2013
State Register Listing Date:05/24/2013
Number of Contributing Buildings:54
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:3
Number of Contributing Objects:1
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:3
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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