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Lime Kiln Park is home to many historic treasures, it's most well know pieces being the Lime Kilns.

Lime Kiln Park is home to many historic treasures, it's most well know pieces being the Lime Kilns.

Margaret Martin

Margaret Martin

Lime Kiln Park is home to many historic treasures, it's most well know pieces being the Lime Kilns.

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The Bachelor has ended, award season is over, and Wisconsinites are now impeding the inevitable doom that is boredom. I, however, have made it my goal this spring to overcome the post-reality TV depression. Mother Nature has gifted Wisconsin with spring early this year, so it’s time for hikes along Lake Michigan and coffee in the Third Ward.


 

Did you know that in the early 1900s Wisconsin ranked third nationally in lime production? Are you confused because Wisconsin’s climate can’t allow for lime trees? Well, don’t be, because we’re talking about limestone, not the fruit. This week’s blog is just across the road from Muttland Meadows: Lime Kiln Park.

Three of the five original kilns still stand today. The Kilns were used heat the limestone so that it would separate into it's main components, one of them being carbon.

Margaret Martin
Three of the five original kilns still stand today. The kilns were used heat the limestone so that it would separate into it’s main components, one of them being carbon.

Lime Kiln Park was once part of limestone quarry run by the Milwaukee Falls Lime Company, and the remains of the kilns used to separate the lime from limestone still stand today. According to the Village of Grafton website, the large amount of limestone in eastern Wisconsin “played an important part in the development of many communities of the state since early territorial days, including Grafton.”

My brother, who was visiting from Texas this weekend, said that one of the things he misses the most is Wisconsin scenery.

Margaret Martin
My brother, who was visiting from Texas this past weekend, said that one of the things he misses the most is Wisconsin scenery.

After the quarry closed in the 1920s due the Great Depression, the 28-arch property became a park. Now, not only does the park have a historic bridge built by the allusive Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company, but also a playground, 9-hole disc golf course, kayak and canoe boat launch, archery range, horseshoe pits, and a sand volleyball court.

The Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company was founded in 1888 and despite it's well known works, inducing the bridge, it is nearly impossible to find information on them.

Margaret Martin
The Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company was founded in 1888 and despite it’s well known works, inducing this bridge, it is nearly impossible to find information on them.

Also, in 2010, the Lime Kiln Dam was removed for environmental and structural issues. Now the remains that jut out into the river provide for a fantastic view of Wisconsin scenery and a great fishing spot. Lime Kiln has so much to offer, it’s nearly impossible to enjoy it all in one day. That is what draws resident of Grafton and Ozaukee County to the park, so now that the trees have bloomed and the river has thawed, enjoy the outdoors before the bugs return from their winter hiatus.

Lime Kiln Park is known for it's trout fishing, and limestone despots can still be found in the park.

Margaret Martin
Lime Kiln Park is known for it’s trout fishing, and limestone deposits can still be found in the park.

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