Ontario Welcome Center History Walk: Canoe Pioneers

© Photographed April 8, 2017
Erected 2015 by Forward Ontario
Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43.722751, -90.590023
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Canoe Pioneers
In 1966, the late Duane and Arlene Obert purchased three rental canoes to add to the services at their Beauti-View Drive Inn. Recognizing what would be a postwar boom in tourism, the Oberts had purchased 14 acres in 1947 and constructed a building in 1950.
     For decades afterward, travelers and local residents enjoyed malts, burgers and fries on picnic tables looking out over Taylor Hollow. In 1986, the Oberts retired, and the property became part of the Wildcat Mountain State Park. Their business had grown to include 125 canoes and kayaks that could be launched from the old feed mill on the Kickapoo in Ontario.
     Livery services now offer more than 500 canoes, kayaks and tubes for rent. From floating logs to floating canoes to grinding grain and generating power, the Kickapoo has been an economic force for nearly two centuries.
The marker is located along the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk at Palen Memorial Park and is accessible on the northeast corner of the intersection of State Street and Pleasant Street, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651.

Vernon Broadcaster (June 3, 2015): Ontario to celebrate opening of Palen Park on June 13

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The marker is located at the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk.

Looking west into town . . .

View coming into town from eastbound Wisconsin Highway 33.

The marker is located in Ontario, Wisconsin.

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