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Sunday, August 28th, 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Leonard-Leota Park, Evansville, Wisconsin
Come to Evansville to enjoy an afternoon in its historic park and
learn the story of how U.S. Highway 14 was designated the U.S.
National Parks Highway from Chicago to Evansville and on to the
Black Hills, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. A special
invitation goes to owners of vintage vehicles that would have been on
the roads at the time of Evansville’s Tourist Camp, 1920s to the 1940s.
Owners and their vehicles--and the public--are invited to come to the
park on August 28th for this event.
According to a newspaper clipping, the Evansville Tourist Camp, referred
to as a“camping place,” was popular within four years of its
establishment, 1921. In October 1925, 110 cars from Chicago had visited
the Evansville Tourist Camp, to give it one of its best years yet. The
balance of the cars in 1925 came from 29 states, London, England,
Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Canal Zone. The largest number of
cars in camp at one time was September 5th when there were 32 cars,
including seven Buicks.
Evansville added two double and two single cottages in 1936, of which
only one remains. It will be open for visitors to view on August 28th.

Evansville Tourist Camp

The one surviving cabin,
now named Antes Cabin

10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours of the
Historic Baker Office Building (Museum) and the surviving cabin
from the Tourist Camp. Both buildings are located on the grounds of
the Evansville Grove Society at the entrance to the Leonard-Leota
Park, off Madison Street and Business U.S. Highway 14.
Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Horse Barns, near the swimming pool and
Historic Baker Office
Building (Museum)
baseball field, for a display of pre-1940 vintage vehicles (cars and
motorcycles). Owners of vintage vehicles are encouraged to
participate and asked to pre-register by August 21st, if possible.
Registration forms, a map and other materials are available upon request.
1:00 p.m. Presentation by Dan Stephans, a noted cultural conservationist and storyteller,
at the Horse Barn about the important role that car clubs had in the creation of highways
and road maps. His presentation will focus on Evansville’s historic Tourist Camp and the
road called U.S. Highway 14, which was designated the U.S. National Parks Highway in

1936, as it was a direct route from Chicago to the Black Hills, Yellowstone, and Glacier
National Park.
Right: photo of George A. Wyman, who was the first person to cross
America on a motorized vehicle. He started in San Francisco on May
16 and arrived in New York City 50 days later on July 6, 1903. He
rode a 1.25 horsepower “California” motor-bicycle designed by Roy
C. Marks, inventor of the first American production motorcycle.
Open, all day: Evansville has a beautiful park. Rustic Style stone
masonry structures were added between 1924 and 1940. The Rustic
Style was widely used in the national parks of the era and was adopted for state and local
parks as well. State and federal work relief programs, which used local materials and
labor, were used to make improvements during the Great Depression.
The Leonard-Leota Park was listed as an Historic District in January 2011. The District
includes 29 contributing buildings, site, structures, and objects and 11 noncontributing
buildings and structures.
-------------------The admission is free to attend, but donations would be gratefully appreciated to offset
expenses for the event, help renovate and furnish the historic cabin, and support the
Evansville Grove Society. Checks should be payable to Evansville Grove Society, Inc.,
which is a non-profit organization. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the event. If you are interested in being a volunteer,
please contact Jennifer Ehle at your earliest convenience. People who have vintage cars
and want to participate in the vintage car show, please contact Lee Stock.
Jennifer Ehle, president
Evansville Grove Society
P.O. Box 234, Evansville WI 53536 (608) 302-1722

Lee Stock
owner of two vintage vehicles (608) 669-4956

The first informational meeting will be is Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 p.m. at the
Grove Society Museum, located at the entrance to the Leonard-Lake Leota Park,
Evansville. across the street from the army tank. Please join us!