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Niagara Escarpment - #1303

Naming of Egg Harbor                                                                     Peshtigo Fire

The Niagara Escarpment stretches in a wide arc from eastern Wisconsin, along the western shores of Door County,  through Michigan's Upper Peninsula, across Ontario, Canada, and on past the Niagara Falls in New York.

The rock forming the escarpment was originally deposited as lime mud on an ancient sea floor.  Over time the lime mud changed into dolomite rock.  What  remains is the result of glacier action, weathering and erosion.  Door County’s Green Bay side has the true escarpment with exposed dolomite rock 200-250 feet above the water in some places.

Sunsets from the escarpment can be spectacular.  Two such sunsets observed from the escarpment at 'Egg Harbor', one on June 23, 1825 and the other on October 8, 1871 highlighted two historic events in Northeastern Wisconsin, the naming of Egg Harbor and the Peshtigo Fire.

On June 23, 1825, six mackinaw boats out of Green Bay on their way to Mackinac Island to trade in their winter fur trappings paddled into an unnamed harbor to camp for the night.  In jest, they proceeded to have an egg fight.  The next morning the 'battle field' was strew with egg shells.  Before departing, speeches were made befitting the occasion and naming the harbor, Egg Harbor.

On October 8, 1871, the same day as the famous Chicago Fire, 1,500,000 acres of forest land and over 2000 people were consumed by a fire storm in Northeast Wisconsin across the waters from Egg Harbor.  The fire did spread to Southern Door County, but Egg Harbor was spared.  It was the same year Levi Thorp built his famed Cupola House on the escarpment in the village.  The sight of the fire just across the Green Bay waters had to be terrifying when viewed from on the Cupola House's 'Widow's Walk".

Original watercolor by PaPa Giz - 8"x29" panel with above stories - #1303 - SOLD - Prints are available.

 

 

 

 

Yore Place in Egg Harbor