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Fountain Lake Farm (Wisconsin Farm Home of John Muir)

Montello, Wisconsin
County of Marquette.
County Highway F and Gillette Road
National Register Number: 90000471
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Farm/Ranch. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: WI-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: County Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 21, 1990):
John Muir (1838-1914), pioneering advocate of natural preservation, lived at Fountain Lake Farm from 1849 to 1856, during his early teens, and periodically between 1862-1864. Late in life he traced the formation of his conservation philosophy to the years he spent at Fountain Lake Farm. Though no structures associated with Muir's period of residence are extant, a natural meadow, spring, and lake remain.

Condition:
According to discussion with Marquette County Clerk Jim Thalacker, the WI DNR has been doing some prairie restoration work in the area. Past reports expressed concerns about development in the area, but none has occured nor is any currently planned. The only issue seems to be an ongoing local controversy over the use of the area for an annual archery competition held by the Bowbenders Archery Club. The event occurs primarily in the wooded areas and the primary concern is over the trampling of vegetation. Overall the area appears to be in good condition.

There are no negative changes to the resource at this time.


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