|Upper Amnicon Falls|
|Lower Amnicon Falls|
|Big Manitou Falls|
Flash forward to 1917. Pattison is rolling in money and hears of a plan to build a dam on the Black River that will put much of the area he explored while in the lumber business underwater including the Big and Little Manitou Falls. He secretly starts buying up all of the land in the area and then in 1918 donates 660 acres to be used as public parkland, blocking the dam project. Pattison considered this one of the great accomplishments of his life and rightly so. For 17 years the park was a modest public picnic ground where people could enjoy an afternoon and hike down to see the waterfalls. Then, in 1935, along
|Wading in the lake|
They put in sewer and water systems, removed old roadbeds and abutments, planted trees, landscaped and built three miles of foot trails. They also quarried rock and chiseled it into blocks to create the park shelter building, nature center, bathhouse and office building. One of the most ambitious projects was draining Interfalls Lake, rerouting the river channel and hauling in sand to make a beach. Nearby Amnicon Falls State Park got none of the above (except for a cover on their bridge). So now campers at Amnicon Falls are invited to drive to Pattison if they want to take a hot shower.
I tried out the hauled in sand and went wading in the lake. The temperature was not bad however the root beer color is a little off-putting, so I did not go in any farther than what you see. Now my legs are the color of root beer.
|Wisconson Point lighthouse|
|Vicki dipping her toes in Lake Superior|
|Another view of the lighthouse|
|The museum is in a 19th century firehouse.|
|Horse drawn pumper|
|Firetruck hood ornament|