Hawkins Gas Station

Baraboo once had a gas station that looked like a Japanese pagoda. Learn more about “Lost Baraboo” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sauk County History Center.

Through historic photographs, maps and bird’s-eye drawings, we can learn about buildings that were once here. The stories of how and why they were constructed as well as how and why they were lost can help us understand what shaped our communities, including economic forces, fires, natural disasters and changing tastes.

In Baraboo, this includes places like the Warren Hotel, Juliar Theatre and Ringling Hospital that people still remember, but also buildings like the Basset Mill, Wisconsin House and Western Hotel that no one has seen in person for more than 100 years.

Find out “what used to be there” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sauk County History Center, 900 Second Ave., Baraboo. Each presentation will focus on buildings that have been “lost,” some that people still remember and some that are almost completely forgotten.

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