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Two Wisconsin landmarks added to National Register of Historic Places


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - Two Wisconsin landmarks have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including a shipwreck in Lake Michigan.

The state Historical Society said Thursday that the scow-schooner Silver Lake is now a part of the National Register, along with the 120-year-old Omaha Hotel in Neillsville.

The Silver Lake is located about seven miles northeast of Sheboygan in 200 feet of water. It was built in 1889, and was used to carry lumber between Door County and Racine. It sank in 1900, and one crew member was killed.

Officials say the Silver Lake might be the only known double-centerboard scow-schooner in the Great Lakes. They played a major role in connecting small towns to regional markets.

Ed and Peter Weber opened the Omaha Hotel in Neillsville in 1893, to accommodate train riders who stopped there. It later became known as the Hotel Paulus and the Hamilton Hotel.