Touring Wisconsin Dells

Upper Dells of Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells History

Wisconsin Dells area is the number one tourist attraction in Wisconsin. When speaking of the Dells attractions, it involves Wisconsin Dells and the surrounding areas: Lake Delton and Baraboo. One of the oldest resort areas in the state, Wisconsin Dells is known for its beautiful glacial sandstone rock formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Breaking free from its large ice dam, the glacial lake of Wisconsin started to break free to carve out the great rock formations giving the Dells its beauty.

In 1857, the railroad arrived and named the area Kilbourn City in honor of the railroad's president. Visitors and locals referred to the area as the Dells, (though it was first given the name "Dalles" by French explorers in 1700's, the pronunciation changed over time to "Dells"). and in 1931 the name was officially changed its name to Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Dells remained a peaceful scenic tourist getaway for decades.

Boat tours were given, first in wooden rowboats. Then the steamboat, the Modocawanda, was used in 1873. Mel Flath brought the first DUKW to the Wisconsin Dells in 1946. A DUKW is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was used during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water. In 1952 the Wisconsin Ducks, Inc. began offering tours of the river dells and surrounding areas This strange looking vehicle is one of the Dells main attractions today.


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Rock formation on the Wisconsin Dells

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One of many outdoor water slides.
One of many outdoor water slides.
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View of some of the attractios at Noah's Ark.

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Ohma profile image

Ohma 6 years ago

Great Read Sandy. Wish I could go there.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

it is a beautiful place, glacial sandstone rock formations and lakes. Is the place related to Dells Computer, do they manufacture it there, Very nice Sandy, Maita


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Good question Maita. The answer is no. But I will add the answer to this hub.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Now how fun is this, I love this hub, I would love to do this, using the excuse I am checking it out for my grandchildren. LOL, thank you so much for sharing is fantastic dells attractions...Let's take a ride on a water slide, you go first...thumbs up


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for your comment too, Ohma.

Darlene,will you be the one pushing me down the slide? :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

Nice writing and beautiful pictures for illustrations!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Patty. Glad to see you here.


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WhiteOak 6 years ago from Georgia

Put in the picture in the opening that looks like my kinda of place. You amaze me how you are putting these hubs together, perhaps one day you can show me how to improve mine. Nice job Sandy!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

I love going to Wisconsin Dells and every time it is like first time.

Sandy, you did a great job!


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bgamall 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I have never been there. Closest I ever got was O'hare, lol. Nice travel guide.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wow! This is great!


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David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

Again, well done, Sandy.


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a2z50 6 years ago

Sandyspider,

It is just amazing how much the Dells area has expanded. The popolation has grown , and the tourist attraction has grown too. It is a great place to visit .

Thank you for this fine Hub.

Ron

As Always Also rprcarz50


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks everyone. Ron, sometimes it can get too crowded. But still a fun place to visit.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Sandyspider, WOW who knew Wisconsin Dells would be so exciting. Love the pics, great tour! Peace :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Again, I wish I had time to go visit!


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Looks like fun, wish I had the money and time to visit.


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jvhirniak 6 years ago

Sandyspider: I've always wanted to go here: I will bookmark this page.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I enjoyed learning about Wisconsin Dells. From the pictures it looks like a really beautiful place.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really enjoyed this tour of the Wisconsin Dells. Thanks for being a great tour guide!

Love and peace

Tony


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have been there many times but in years past before the waterpark, etc. was added. The river and rock formations are truly beautiful. Nice hub!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

You are right Peggy. If anyone visits the Dells for the first time, a boat tour is a must.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Absolutely! That was the prime reason for its becoming a tourist attraction. The sheer beauty of what was left after glacial action in year's past. The walks are nice also...a portion of the boat trip where one disembarks and later reboards to continue the river journey.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I think I said it before on one of your other hubs, but I would like to go to the Wisconsin Dells sometime soon. Your pictures kind of hieghtened that desire ;)


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

Cool hub, I've driven near there lots of times. Good job posting your link. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123660517659...


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Ron. On my list to start a FB page for Hubs.


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kingis 6 years ago from Springfield, IL

I am glad I found your hub about the Dells. My wife and I are planning a vacation up there this summer with my sister-in-law and her family. They have been up there a few times before. I like the video showing the things to do for the Dells. I am looking forward to our trip there this summer.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

kingis, you should have lots of fun!


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emmett24matthews 6 years ago

Great pics. I live here year round and can't get a nice pic of the rock formations - dells. I probably need to get out more. LOL


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

emmett24matthews, maybe you are too busy running one of the many tourist shops. :)


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cfleming1 6 years ago from USA

Thanks for the Hub Sandy.

Absolutely love the Dells and the Water Parks and the river! The perfect Mid-Western vacation. Everybody's friendly. No one cares what you look like in a bathing suit (you stop caring yourself after about a half-hour cause you're too busy having fun). Plenty of stuff to do. No pressure. I gotta go back.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

cfleming1, I don't care how you look in a bathing suit. LOL


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

I'd love to visit the Dells, they look beautiful!


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

It is a great place to visit.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

if I ever get in that area I will look you up for guided tours.... some very beautiful shots... the Dells look amazing to visit. Glad I dropped by to see this hub!


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

It is a tourist trap, but still a great place to visit.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

LOL - I live in Port Dover, a quiet drinking town with a tourist problem.... so I know what you mean by tourist trap..... and we too (Port Dover), are a great place to visit.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Drinking towns are all over the state that I live in. LOL

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