History of Buckhorn SP: The Diamond Club
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.
The Diamond Club, better known as Hornburg Hall was owned and operated by the Hornburg Family. The hall was built between 1913 and 1915. The young boys from the area got together and cut the logs out of Herman Hornburg's woods, had them sawn and put up a hall. The hall was approximately 24 X 60 feet with a bar and a kitchen on the side. A baseball club operated from the Diamond Club and became a big hit with the youngsters who lived in the area. During the Depression, The Diamond Club had free dances every two weeks. They made their money selling beer for 5 cents a glass. During the winter, the hall served as a roller skating rink.
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. Roads to the cache area are gated and not plowed during the winter. 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 4/27/2016 9:33:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:33 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum