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Peshtigo Fire

Date: November 25 1871
Description: Engraved view of Peshtigo Fire showing people trying to escape the flames by boat and on horseback. A team of cattle also seek refuge and several birds tak...
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Wisconsin Dells Minirama

Date: August 26 1960
Description: Miniature model of the Wisconsin Dells. Goggled diver, Ollie Reese, swimming with Dells recreation boat. This completely landscaped exhibit was built to sc...
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Out of Boat Cave

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Description: Two men navigating their canoe through caves at the Wisconsin Dells.
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Excursion Boats at the Dells

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Description: Excursion boats at the Wisconsin Dells. Boats Eolah and Alexander Mitchell at mooring, with distinctive Dells rock formations in the backgrou...
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Sunday School Picnic at Mendota Steamboat Landing

Date: 1879
Description: Norwegian Sunday School Picnic at Mendota steamboat landing. Small lake steamer "Mendota" could reach speeds of up to 18 mph. The barge "Uncle Sam" was 75f...
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Whaleback Boat Docked in Superior

Date: April 1893
Description: Captain Abe McDougall's whaleback boat, docked at the American Steel Barge Company.
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Whaleback Boat Launch

Date: April 1893
Description: Launching Captain Abe McDougall's whaleback boat, "Christopher Columbus," from the American Steel Barge Company dock.
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Bathing Beauty Slaying Giant Fish

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Description: Bathing suit model posing standing in a rowboat, landing an eight-foot plastic Musky (Muskellunge).
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Women in Motorboat

Date: 1941
Description: Two bathing suit-clad women demonstrate their Evinrude motorboat on a Wisconsin lake.
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Family Cleaning their Motorboat

Date: April 21 1957
Description: An industrious family cleans their motorboat which is parked in the driveway.
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Downriver from Grand Avenue Bridge

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Description: Schooners docked on river. The view is downriver from the Grand Avenue Bridge.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Fishing

Date: 1956
Description: Dwight D. Eisenhower and his brothers on a fishing trip proudly exhibiting muskies and northern pike on a Wisconsin lake. From left are Dwight, Edgar, Milt...
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Gypsy Rose Lee Fishing

Date: 1950
Description: Gypsy Rose Lee (aka Louise Hovick, 1914-1970) with large muskie she caught in a northern Wisconsin lake.
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Memorial Union Terrace

Date: 1940
Description: Summertime view of people at tables on University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union terrace, looking out to canoes and sailboats on the lake. People wear...
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Early Power Boat Used for Fishing

Date: 1900
Description: Steamboat on Long Lake owned by Lorenzo Newman of Chippewa Falls. It is anchored at Newman Peninsula on Long Lake near a wet boathouse. The boat was operat...
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Counterbalance on a Sailboat

Date: 1959
Description: Two boys on the class-C scow sailboat "Bobalong III," one balancing off the side while standing on the bilge keel.
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Iceboats

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Description: Iceboats at Williams Bay on Lake Geneva.
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Fishing Early in the Morning

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Description: Lawrence Martin and Will Hotchkiss fishing off a pier early in the morning.
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Woman with Fish

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Description: Woman in a boat showing a fish she has just caught on the Mississippi River.
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Loggers in Bateaux

Date: 1900
Description: Log driving crew on river in five bateaux. In the background on the left is a bridge.

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