Monday, April 18, 2011

It’s the Devil’s 100th birthday

Baraboo, Wisconsin - Devil’s Lake celebrates its 100th birthday this year as a state park - Wisconsin’s loveliest, largest, geologically unique and most popular, with more than 1.8 million visits last year. The spring-fed, roughly mile-long lake, measuring 47 feet deep, is unlike anything east of the Rockies. It’s part of the south range of the Baraboo Bluffs, a quartzite up-thrust. An ancient river cut a gap where the lake now lies, and the 500-foot-high bluffs of quartzite that surround it were dumped by the retreat of the last glacier some 12,000 years ago. How the lake got its name is much debated, but it most likely was a botched translation of various Native American names that meant Spirit Lake.  More

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