Lake Delton, Wisconsin

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Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Village
Location of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Location of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°35′48″N 89°47′16″W / 43.59667°N 89.78778°W / 43.59667; -89.78778Coordinates: 43°35′48″N 89°47′16″W / 43.59667°N 89.78778°W / 43.59667; -89.78778
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Sauk
Area[1]
 • Total 7.63 sq mi (19.76 km2)
 • Land 7.01 sq mi (18.16 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
Elevation[2] 915 ft (279 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,914
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 2,928
 • Density 415.7/sq mi (160.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 53940
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-41300[5]
GNIS feature ID 1567728[2]

Lake Delton is a village located on the Wisconsin River in Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,914 at the 2010 census. It also makes it the largest community in the Dells area passing the Wisconsin Dells. Lake Delton, along with the nearby Wisconsin Dells, is a resort area and a major center for tourism.

History[edit]

The village of Lake Delton was originally named Norris for Edward Norris the surveyor of the village in 1850.[6] The Village changed its name to Delton, but changed again in 1926 to Mirror Lake to avoid a conflict with the Town of Delton in that area.[7] The name Lake Delton was taken after the construction of the Dell Creek dam creating a reservoir also known as Lake Delton. The village was incorporated in 1954.[8]

Tourism[edit]

Among the attractions at Lake Delton are the world's largest Trojan Horse (part of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park)[9] as well as the world's largest (artificial) Pink Flamingo.[10] From 1952 to 2006, Lake Delton was home to The Wonder Spot.[11]

Geography[edit]

Lake Delton is located at 43°35′48″N 89°47′16″W / 43.59667°N 89.78778°W / 43.59667; -89.78778 (43.596757, -89.787646).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.63 square miles (19.76 km2), of which, 7.01 square miles (18.16 km2) of it is land and 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is water.[1]

Most of the businesses in Lake Delton have a "Wisconsin Dells, WI" address. Example, Noah's Ark Water Park sits within the Lake Delton proper.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,914 people, 1,269 households, and 653 families residing in the village. The population density was 415.7 inhabitants per square mile (160.5 /km2). There were 2,343 housing units at an average density of 334.2 per square mile (129.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.3% White, 0.7% African American, 2.4% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 5.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.3% of the population.

There were 1,269 households of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.5% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 36.9 years. 16.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 15% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,982 people, 897 households, and 525 families residing in the village. The population density was 320.3 people per square mile (123.6/km²). There were 1,373 housing units at an average density of 221.9 per square mile (85.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.26% White, 0.10% African American, 2.57% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 897 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the village the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $34,951, and the median income for a family was $40,952. Males had a median income of $31,680 versus $23,990 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,834. About 5.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Lake Delton drains into the Wisconsin River[edit]

Main article: Lake Delton
Local reporters interview Wisconsin State Governor Jim Doyle June 9, 2008, at the site of a 245-acre lake in the town of Lake Delton, which overflowed earlier that day, destroying several homes as it breached a local highway, and completely drained into the nearby Wisconsin River

On June 9, 2008, Lake Delton, the approximately 267-acre (1.08 km2) dammed artificial lake adjacent to the village, overflowed its banks washing away four homes and a portion of Old Newport Road (County Highway "A") while nearly emptying the lake basin into the Wisconsin River following several days of torrential rains. The overflow happened as local authorities ordered evacuations and sandbagging in a number of towns as rivers and lakes rose across the southern portion of the state.

Sandbagging of the dam (which remained intact) was begun overnight by about 100 people, but the contents of the lake began to pour into the river about mid-morning when the embankment over which the highway ran failed eventually opening a breach of several hundred feet. The lake, which averaged about 12 feet (3.7 m) in depth, drained out over a period of a few hours.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Early Surveys Made in Sauk County and Some Incidents Connected with Field Work. By H.E. French, City Engineer. June 16, 1928.
  7. ^ "Sauk County Village, Changes Name Again." La Crosse Tribune And Leader-Press, The. La Crosse, Wisconsin. Friday, February 12, 1926. Page 4.
  8. ^ "Official village website". Lakedelton.org. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  9. ^ World's Largest Roadside Attractions. World's Largest Trojan Horse.
  10. ^ World's Largest Roadside Attractions. World's Largest Pink Flamingo on the Flamingo motel sign.
  11. ^ George Hesselberg. "The Wonder Spot’ to disappear: Old-school Dells tourist attraction closing for good". La Crosse Tribune. January 12, 2007. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Rushing flood waters drain Lake Delton" The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 9, 2008

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