Devil’s Lake State Park was founded in 1911. Before then, and even for years after, much of the land was divided up by private homes, farms, hotels and resorts. Before the settlers came, the land was populated by Native Americans. Over the years since 1911, the land was purchased or donated and slowly cleared and sculpted into the park we see today. Some landowners of course, fought to keep their homes as well. In fact, there are still a few private cottages on the lake!
Of the land’s many past lives very little remains. There are the effigy mounds of course and other Native Americans remnants long lost to the forests atop the bluffs. There are stone foundations, staircases to nowhere and even a hole where a tower once stood. For me though, what really hits home are the personal items, broken china, glass medicine bottle, a colander and the like. In these items you can feel real hands on them and sense the lives that once passed upon the lands we now call Devil’s Lake State Park. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Devil’s Lake, we invite you to join one of the many programs put on at the Nature Center throughout the summer season.
Yesterday while out on one of my regular wanders through the park, I came across these items. Someone once must have set a magnificent table…
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