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In search of Cove Resort remnants

Research is underway to guide a future archaeological dig to find evidence of a once-grand Door County resort.  The Cove Resort near Ida Bay was opened in 1901 by Myron Lawrence and is believed to have covered part of what's now the Crossroads at Big Creek nature preserve. Emily Rux, the Crossroad's archaeologist in-residence, says the Cove was an extravagant getaway for urban visitors.

 

 

 

The Cove Resort's main building was destroyed by fire in the 1930s leaving only cabins for fewer guests. So Lawrence decided not to rebuild.  Rux hopes to determine whether cellar holes found in the Ida Bay preserve were once part of the resort.

 

 

 

Rux hopes people can help target the location of a future dig by sharing personal historic accounts or photos and drawings they may have of the Cove Resort.

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