It is Friday. Today we are taking a trip to Pattison State Park, Superior, Wisconsin.
Pattison State Park is the home of Big Manitou Falls, the highest waterfall in Wisconsin.
165 - foot - high Big Manitou Falls
Frozen on the outside, but you can hear the water gushing under the ice.
Pattison State Park is full of history and beauty.
Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape Pattison State Park what it is today.
Camp PattisonUntil 1935, facilities at Pattison were modest: a small picnic area, some wooden overlooks, pit toilets and a ranger's cabin. Visitors camped on the lawn and parked along the road. A dam formed in 1928 had enlarged Interfalls Lake, causing a muddy and weedy shore.
One of the programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's plan to end the Great Depression of the 1930s was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Young, single, unemployed men were put to work on conservation projects. On July 25, 1935, Camp Pattison Company 3663 of the CCC was established at what is now Little Manitou Falls picnic area. For the next seven years, thousands of men labored to transform the landscape into what is now the main park area.
The CCC put in sewer and water systems, removed old roadbeds and abutments, planted trees, landscaped and built three miles of foot trails.
During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps quarried rock and chiseled it into blocks to create the park shelter building, nature center, bathhouse and former office building.
The CCC members began work on the campground and pedestrian underpass. One of the most ambitious projects was draining Interfalls Lake, rerouting the river channel and hauling sand from Lake Superior's shore to make the beach.
Once World War II was underway, the labor shortage ended the CCC program. Many CCC veterans often return to Pattison and reunions have been held at the park. The CCC left a legacy of beautiful buildings, practical facilities and a changed landscape in its wake. A booklet detailing the history of Camp Pattison is available at the park office.
From Wisconsin DNR History Website
The beauty of a frozen waterfall.
|Big Manitou Falls ~ January 24, 2015|
"There is more beauty than we can measure in this world of ours"
Thank you for coming along today.
Have a great weekend.