A trip through the Dells in 1849

An early journey through Sauk County

In the fall of 1849, Milwaukee scientist Increase Lapham spent a week exploring the Dells of the Wisconsin, Devil's Lake, and adjacent areas. Even then the Dells had a hotel, residents who would cater to visitors, and a store of legends. In this brief account of his trip, Lapham describes the natural beauty, geology, and residents of the area that a few short years later would become the state's leading tourist attraction.

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Travel and Tourism
Creator: Lapham, Increase Allen.
Pub Data: Baraboo Daily News, January 4, 1912.
Citation: Lapham, Increase Allen. "An Early Journey through Sauk County." Baraboo Daily News, January 4, 1912. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=978; Visited on: 6/24/2018