History of Buckhorn SP: Werner Post Office
In Wisconsin, United States
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Buckhorn State Park is located on Castle Rock Flowage, a 13,955 acre flowage of the Wisconsin River. Castle Rock Lake is the fourth largest inland lake in Wisconsin. The lake was created between 1949 and 1951 when the Wisconsin River Power Company completed a dam on the Wisconsin River eight miles northeast of Mauston for hydro-electric power production. Flood control and recreational opportunities were also residual benefits the power company envisioned in the dam and flowage development. Prior to the construction of the dam the villages of Werner and Germantown occupied the land that is now Buckhorn State Park and Castle Rock Lake.
This series of caches will give you some history of the area prior to the flooding and creation of the lake.
In 1856, Werner was incorporated and platted as a 19-block village. When it's population was at it's peak, Werner had a sawmill, blacksmith shop, cream station, dance hall, hotel, saloon, two schools, two churches and two cemeteries. Werner also had a post office that operated from 1857 to 1887 in the home of H.D. White on County Road G. The home of H.D. White was located just to the east of the cache location and was a combination of businesses called Zanoni. In addition to the post office there was a general store and a hall located on the second floor of the building which was used for special occasions. The White family was the first family in Werner to have a thrashing machine and a steam engine. They offered ground feed to area farmers.
Parking is available along the road. A current Wisconsin State Parks sticker is required to park a vehicle in any part of the park at any time of year. Come prepared for mosquitoes in the summer months!
WDNR Geocache Notification Form 2500-118 has been submitted to and approved by Heather Wolf, Property Manager at Buckhorn State Park. Please note that any geocache placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouce managed lands requires permission by means of this notification form. If you intend to place a cache on WDNR managed lands, please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the respective land manager.
Last Updated: on 9/29/2014 10:37:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time (5:37 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum