A Travel To The Past
Wisconsin Dells … A Travel To The Past
The Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River … Rocky Islands are the best feature in our trip. As we went through we noticed that there are many caves and crevices cut by the relentless river over the past years. Just east of the Dells, Glaciers have covered this area. Geologist say that the waters of the melting glacial ice and the Wisconsin River wriggled their way through the layers of sand stone, they say some are harder than the others, forming the fantastic shapes we see today. Many formations have been named for their resemblance of familiar objects like, the “COW in the Milk Bottle”.The Indians say the serpent wriggled its way through cracks in the rocks forming the Dells. The Wisconsin Dells consist of Lower and Upper Dells. It was a very worthwhile,wonderful and adventurous boat trip and visit to WISCONSIN DELLS. ” I had beautiful memories visiting into the past.”
The Lone Rock
In Lone Rock, the Winnebago believed, lived one of the spirits of the Dells in it’s many caves. Below this rock island the scenery of Dells comes to an end through the whim of the Glacier which laid it’s heavy hand across the bed of river flattening the sandstone ridge into glacial ribble.Today the Lower Dells area is as nature fashioned it fromtime immemorial unchangedby dams raising water levels which drown many of a river timeless wonders.
The Sugar Bowl.. Photo by Ben Johnson.
The Sugar Bowl
The sugar bowl is the three rocky islands to be seen on the lower dells boat trip.it appears to have cut off from the Grotto Rock which juts out towards it from the right.The caves in Grotto Rocks are called Caves of NA-HU-UA. Winnebago word for large fish or sturgeon.Indian’s fires in the caves would attract bugs, the sturgeons followed the insects and the fish could be easily netted or separated in the caves.
The early settlers of Wisconsin..Winnebago Indians
This branch of the Sioux nation, a woodland tribe have lived in this area for hundreds of years and many still make their homes here.They lived in peace with the white settlers and have never been on a reservation. An attempt was made in 1874 to move them with their chief, Yellow Thunder to Iowa. Many returned immediately to their homeland.
H.H. Bennett captured much with his camera at the end of the last century.The Swallow family pictured on the left wear typical dress while seated in their summer Wigwaum. Young Eagle on the right shows the most elaborate man’s costume.
legends abound by and about the Winnebago but it is recorded that Chief Black Hawk was captured by Cheetar and One-Eyed Decorah near the Dells.Their language and tradition are preserved in the local museums and the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial.
Related during the boat trip. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
photo by H.H. Bennett Studio Wisconsin