Marker 174: Caddie Woodlawn

© Photographed July 13, 2015
Erected 1970 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Downsville, Dunn County, Wisconsin
44° 43.523′ N, 91° 55.93′ W

On this site during the Civil War Caroline Augusta Woodhouse, known throughout the world as "Caddie Woodlawn," experienced the excitement of growing up in pioneer Wisconsin. Her tomboy adventures with her two red-headed brothers, and her fearless trust in the Indians who lived nearby, were faithfully recorded by her grand-daughter, Carol Ryrie Brink, in her book, Caddie Woodlawn, and in its sequel, Magical Melons.

In 1935 Caddie Woodlawn received the coveted Newbery Award Medal as "The most distinguished children's book of the year." It has since become a classic, read by thousands of children throughout the nation, and trans­lated into more than ten foreign languages.

Somewhere within the present park area, Mary, one of the eight children of the John V. Woodhouse family, is buried in an unmarked grave.

Nearby stands the Woodhouse home, which was moved in 1970 from the original site about 300 yards to the east.

In January, 1940, "Caddie" died in Idaho at the age of 86.
The marker is located at Caddie Woodlawn Memorial Park on northbound Highway 25, between 440th Street (to the north) and County Highway Y (to the south), Downsville, Wisconsin 54835.

Wikipedia: Caddie Woodlawn

Wikipedia: Carol Byrie Brink

See also, Dunnville Sandstone Marker, also at this location.

 Caddie's girlhood home.

 Nearby outhouse.

 A peek inside the window . . .

 Dexter had a wonderful time exploring.

 Nearby farm . . .

© Photographed first visit, September 15, 2013

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