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Lake Geneva Path-Part 1, WI
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Lake Geneva Path-Part 1, WI 
Lake Geneva Path-Part 1, WI
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2020
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking8.70 Miles 278 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   2.87 mph
278 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Some family members and I took a hike on the Lake Geneva, Wi shoreline path.
This hike covered over 8 miles of the approx. 22 miles of the path.

Lake Geneva is about 7 miles long, east to west, and averages about 1.5 miles wide.
The lake is unique, as it has a public walking path, right on the shoreline, that encircles the entire lake. The shoreline is loaded with huge, beautiful homes also.
The public path is 'in front' of all those homes, right next to their piers and boats.

Many of the homes on Lake Geneva could be considered mansions/estates, and many were initially built in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
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History of the path:
The path was initially established years ago, by Indian cultures, including the Potawatomi tribe. The Native Americans established the path as a means to get to their various fishing and hunting grounds, from their villages, which were also on the lake.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, many wealthy Chicagoans made their way up to Lake Geneva to build summer estates, that were just as big and elegant as their Chicago homes.
The path then was used by workmen, to transport building material, to build those homes.

Some of those wealthy families have familiar names, such Sears, Schwinn, Wrigley, Swift (Swift Meat Packing Co), Maytag, and the president of the Santa Fe Railroad. Lake Geneva was their summer retreat from the Chicago summers.

Those early settlers declared the “20 feet leading to the shoreline be preserved as public domain.”
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the path through each of their properties. This makes the path very unique, as each property owner puts their own spin on their part of the shore path. Some have flagstone, gravel, tile, wood, or just grass.
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This hike was Hike #1 of our three planned hikes around the lake.
Hike #2 has also been done (on a different section of the path), and I'll put hike #2 up on HAZ in a few days.
Our hike #3 will depend on the weather, later this fall.

Great fun for all of us, and a great way to be with family.
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-- Disclaimer -- My photos are smaller than usual, due to my internet connection
being SLOOOOW, in the "boondocks of the midwest".
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