Ephraim was founded in 1853. One of the very first settlers was Ole Larson a Norwegian immigrant. Ole arrived in Green Bay in 1850 and in 1851 he purchased Horseshoe Island, off the shores of what is now Peninsula State Park, for 10 pounds of tobacco. Ole harvested the timber on the island and sold it to cordwood dealers on Washington Island. Ole and his family eventually settled in what is now the village of Ephraim
In the spring of 1853 40 Norwegian Moravians led by The Reverend Andrew Iverson settled in Ephraim. In the late 1850’s and early 1860’s more settlers began to arrive, mostly Norwegians and a growing number of Swedes. In 1856 Aslag Anderson a 26-year-old came to Ephraim after working in the saw mills in Escanaba. He built his home and a commercial dock on the north end of town. Today the Hardy Gallery and Anderson dock are local landmarks.
In the late 1800’s the first commercial resorts were built and soon thereafter the steamships began arriving from Chicago and Milwaukee. The “tourists” would arrive at Anderson dock with large trunks and stay for extended periods of the summer. Ephraim became the place to be for the elite of the big cities, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
The northern entrance to Peninsula Sate Park, the ‘Crown Jewel” of the Wisconsin state park system is located in Ephraim and the picturesque waters of Eagle Harbor hug its shoreline.
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