A hike to remember

Visitors walk along a meandering trail along the glen’s outer rim before descending down into the gorge.

The Green Team offered its annual fall tour of Mitchell Glen last week Saturday. The team only hosts the tours twice a year: one in the fall and one in spring.

After transporting a bus-full of hikers to the property, Green Lake Conservancy’s Tom Eddy lead the tour, explaining how post-glacial meltwater eroded the sandstone bedrock and thus created the glen.

Eddy also noted the word “glen” is the term used by the Scottish to refer to a narrow gorge, such as Mitchell Glen.

According to Eddy, the glen was originally owned by S.D. Mitchell, who had built a home on the property with his wife Viola.

Mitchell was a curious man who collected all types of items, such as rocks, created inventions and patents and started documenting Native American antiquities, Eddy noted. Mitchell expanded his interest into mapping tribal mounds as well.

Years later, Mitchell opened his property to visitors and began to promote the glen with post cards and posters. Tourists also had the opportunity to view Mitchell’s collection of Native American antiquities that were housed in a log cabin. All that remains of the cabin is a chimney and a hearth.

See more photos in the Oct. 11, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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