Baraboo - Images of America

Baraboo - Images of America

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Baraboo, a community as unique as its name, had the same beginnings as many other southern Wisconsin cities–but its development throughout the 19th century set it apart. Beginning in 1839, several dams were built along the Baraboo River rapids and a typical mill town formed. With the arrival of the railroad in 1871, the village doubled in size within a decade. It also brought exposure to the nearby natural beauty of Devil’s Lake, increasing tourism significantly. Baraboo’s greatest claim to fame began when the Ringling Brothers established a circus there in 1884. This new Images of America series book by the Arcadia publishing company highlighting Baraboo, has 128 pages of 200 vintage photos dating from the 1870's through the mid-1920's. Each photo has a brief caption describing its significance to the history of the city. The book contains the following chapters: River and Rapids, Railroad Boom, Square & Surroundings, South Side, Circus Days, Industry & Enterprise, People & Personalities, Homes & Havens, Churches & Schools, and Devil’s Lake. Images of America, Baraboo is a 2004 publication of the Sauk County Historical Society

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