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Paradise Springs
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created by Mr. Bitey on 7/31/2018 1:48 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 8/1/2018 1:40 AM
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This is a publicly viewable property, part of the Kettle Moraine Forest, Southern Unit.
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Type: Building, foundations, dam
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
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W374 S8640 County Road N
Eagle, Wisconsin
United States
Owner: Wisconsin DNR
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    The beginnings of Paradise Springs epitomize the origins of Waukesha County. Abundant water, fertile land, and stunning views invite entrepreneurship and settlement. In Waukesha County, the source of the water is in the Ice Age-scoured hills. Water rises from aquifers within higher-lying ground and spills over the surface to form captivating, clear, cool creeks, mini-waterfalls, ponds, pools, and streams.

    Documents and historical memoirs identify L.D. Nichols as Paradise Springs' owner after the 1880s and by 1900. Mr. Nichols may have had a circus background. He used his newly purchased land and water to develop two businesses:
      Raising monkeys, peacocks, and pheasants;
      Rearing brook trout.
    L.J. Petit Salt Company owner and Wisconsin National Bank president Louis J. Petit (June 18, 1856-December 2, 1932) appreciated the natural beauty, pure water, and teeming wildlife at Paradise Springs. He became owner in 1927. He introduced:
      Entrance pillars built of fieldstone and topped by stone eagles;
      A horse track;
      Nine-holf golf course;
      Shuffle board and tennis courts;
      The springhouse;
      The wading pool.
    With Louis' death, ownership passed to:
      Pabst Brewing Company executive August "Auggie" Uihlein Pabst (July 30, 1902-November 10, 1934), by inheritance;
      Frank Fulton, by purchase;
      Gordon David Mertens (April 30,1902-November 16, 1992), by purchase.
    An area of great natural beauty became one of great lucrative beauty. Paradise Springs came to be known as a:
      First-rate bottling plant of “Eagle Rock Springs Water", "Lullaby Baby Drinking Water”, "Minnehaha Water", and “Natural Spring Water”;
      Luxury spa;
      Paradise Springs Resort Hotel.
    Constructed in 1937 or 1940 and closed in 1948, the two-story hotel included:
      Cocktail bar;
      Elegant dining room;
      Roof garden and sundeck;
      Spacious bedrooms, each with “private, steam-heated, tiled baths”
      Thick exterior walls built of dolomite from the Lannon Springs Quarry.
    Guests traveled from large cities -- Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York City -- to:
      Stay in the hotel;
      Savor the bottling plant’s healthy drinks;
      Re-energize in the spa’s healing waters;
      Play shuffle board and tennis;
    Economic, geographical, political and social factors contributed to the demise of the bottling plant and the resort. Paradise Springs fell more and more to the wayside as the geographical focus of post-Depression and post-World War II life moved from the countryside to the big cities. According to unsubstantiated lore, Lake Forest’s gangsters also may have begun meeting at the exclusive, secluded resort whose more law-abiding patrons may have looked to other locations for recreation and relaxation.

    Business ceased. The bottling plant closed its doors in the 1960s. Buildings crumbled. Roofs fell in. Trees grew old shading cool waters and fertile lawns. Wild flowers and grasses took the lead over cultivated counterparts.

    To nineteenth-century settlers, Paradise Springs appeared a haven of wild beauty. It became a part of the built environment that always accompanies the crossing of new frontiers. In the later twentieth century, it evolved into more natural states.
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    Failed dam; 2015
    Tue, Jul 31st, 2018
    posted by Mr. Bitey
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