Marker 143: State Park Movement in Wisconsin: INTERSTATE PARK

© Photographed September 11, 2016
Erected 1964 by the Wisconsin Conservation Department
St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin
45.396050, -92.643950
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State Park Movement in Wisconsin
INTERSTATE PARK
In 1878 the Legislature set aside 50,000 acres of "Public Trust Funds Lands" as a "State Park." These were scattered timbered lands located in Lincoln, Iron, Vilas and Oneida counties. Because no effort was made to develop these lands, the Legislature in 1897 rescinded its previous actions and during subsequent years the lands were sold. 

Many Wisconsin citizens at that time believed that areas of statewide significance should be acquired for the use and inspiration of the people. Here at the Dalles of the St. Croix this public interest first took form. Harry D. Baker of St. Croix Falls and George H. Hazard of Taylors Falls headed groups from their respective states for acquiring land on both sides of the river for an Interstate Park. In 1895 their efforts persuaded the Wisconsin Legislature to authorize a Commission for the Interstate Park at the Dalles of the St. Croix." Under its direc­tion in 1900, the first land was acquired. 

Still dedicated to the original concepts for public use, State Parks have now been developed in all parts of the state. They include sites of historic, archeologic, and geologic value as well as thousands of acres of the finest natural scenery in Wisconsin. 
The marker is located on the grounds of Interstate Park (park of the Wisconsin State Park system), next to the Visitor Information building. The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Park Road and South Vincent Street / Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024.

NOTE: The marker is inside the park; entrance to the park requires (1) an annual pass or (2) a day permit to access the marker. Click here for more fees information.

Wisconsin State Park System: Interstate Park

See also, Interstate Park Centennial, also at this location.

Click here to view all markers at Interstate Park.

 The marker is at the Skyline Trail trailhead.

 The marker is at the visitor center.

 The marker is located to the left (not visible in this photo)
of the entrance to the visitor center.

 The marker is located inside Interstate Park.

 The marker is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

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