It took us 5 years of living in Wisconsin to finally stop by High Cliff State Park, but it was worth the stop. There’s still a lot of area to explore but for now I want to show you the old quarry and kiln ruins.
I wish the area wasn’t fenced off so we could have examined the structures up close. But I’m sure they are fenced for safety.
I’m just glad it hasn’t been demolished, and we can stand and ponder on days gone past.
History of the Area:
The Niagara Escarpment, often called "the ledge," was formed by the settling and hardening of limy ooze at the bottom of the Silurian Sea, which covered much of Wisconsin nearly 400 million years ago. Later, the flat-lying dolomite was tilted downward to the southeast by earth forces, leaving its higher western edge exposed at the earth's surface.
Between 1,000 and 1,500 years ago, nomadic Siouan Indians built effigy mounds in what is now the park. There are four panther-shaped mounds, two buffalo-shaped mounds, conical mounds, and a linear mound.
As long ago as the 1880s, this area was noted for its breathtaking views of Lake Winnebago.
From 1895 to 1956, a limestone quarry and a kiln to extract the lime from the stone operated here. Workers drilled holes in the stone and used dynamite to blast it loose. The lime extracted in the kiln was sent throughout the Midwest for use in plaster and cement and to apply to soil to reduce acidity. Other limestone from the quarry was used for brick mortar and crushed into gravel. Horses pulled dump wagons of limestone to an area above the kiln until 1946, when they were replaced by a dump truck.
As many as 40 people worked at the operation, including drillers, a blasting specialist, stone crushers, teamsters, barrel makers, laborers, and a blacksmith. Many were recent immigrants from Hungary. In its heyday, the lime industry supported a small "company town" consisting of 16 houses for workers, a store (including a post office, telegraph office, and company office), and a tavern, all owned by the Western Lime and Cement Co.
(Taken from StateParks.com)
I love all the arches and the vines growing all over the place.
There's a tree growing out of one of the towers.