Facts about the Dells

You’re one of those people. The people that are in the know. You know that spending time at Wisconsin Dells is some of the best family time you can possibly have. You also know that if you want to have some quality accommodations you’ll be staying at the Bonanza Camping Resort. However, you may not know some of the rich history of the Wisconsin Dells.

Ice Cold

wisconsin-dells-lake-camping-rvThe Dells were, at one point, the shore of an ancient sea. Gradually that sand compacted and was cemented into rock. That rock stayed untouched for millions of years. During the last Ice Age, a glacier extended within miles of the Dells. When it started to melt it formed Glacial Lake Wisconsin, about the same size as the Great Salt Lake. It was held there by an ice dam that eventually failed and flooded the area. This flood cut through the rock and created deep narrow gorges, canyons, gorges, and rock formations.

Native Americans

Fast forward about 17,000 years. The Dells area is inhabited by the “Effigy Mound Builders.” You can find some of the remains of these former dwellers near Kingsley Bend Wayside. More definitive history is known about the Ho-Chunk, largest of the Native American nations in the Wisconsin Dells. The French traders knew them as the Winnebago. In 1832 the U.S. Government began removing Native Americans from all places east of the Mississippi. Decades later, the Ho-Chunk were able to return to the area. Currently there are just under 5,000 members who hold title to 2,000 acres of land.

Kilbourn City

Wisconsin Dells was briefly known as Kilbourn City in 1856, but in 1931 it was changed to the name we know, and what the locals and tourists had always called it. The community was known for not only tourism, but also logging, particularly of pine.


About Bonanza Camping Resort

Since the mid-1900s, the Bonanza Camping Resort has been offering a quality, fun-filled vacation experience. Take advantage of wonderful amenities such as a heated pool, modern toilets, and mini golf. Make your own history at http://www.bonanzacamping.com/

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