Sunken treasures: Expert says about 25 wrecks are off Kenosha’s shore

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What shipwrecks are left to be discovered off the shore of Kenosha County?

You’d be surprised.

There are about 300 popular dive sites on Lake Michigan and perhaps 300 more ships still waiting to be found on the lake bottom, explained Great Lakes shipwreck expert Brendon Baillod, who owns the largest private collection of Great lakes historical materials.



Shipwrecks

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Sunken treasures: Expert says about 25 wrecks are off Kenosha’s shore

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What shipwrecks are left to be discovered off the shore of Kenosha County?

You’d be surprised.

A few of the more famous sinkings

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There are a few Lake Michigan shipwrecks that have a special connection to Kenosha, whether through the wreck’s location or people involved in the disaster. See the map for the locations of these five shipwrecks.

Type: Propeller steam ship

Shallow-water wreckage easy to see from surface

If you don’t scuba dive, you can still explore a Lake Michigan shipwreck.

“Some of them are in very shallow water, and you can snorkel them. Or you can kayak or run your boat over the top of them and look at them from the deck of your boat, so you don’t even have to get wet,” Tamara Thomsen, an underwater archeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, said.

Divers reminded that wreckage should remain at bottom of the lake

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Cold water. That’s what keeps the wreckage of the hundreds of shipwrecks intact and rather pristine in Lake Michigan.

These shipwrecks are time capsules because everything that went down with the ship was taken aboard by sailors or passengers, said Tamara Thomsen, an underwater archeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Monarch population rises from last year, naturalist says

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Butterflies are in full flight this summer throughout Kenosha County.

And Pringle Nature Center naturalist Valerie Mann has been raising her fair share of the winged creatures since the start of the season. At the nature center, located at 9800 Highway MB in Bristol, Mann can’t complain too much this year, as the butterflies seem to have made a comeback compared with a year ago when their numbers appeared to be scarce.

Befriending butterflies

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“Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?”

Monarch population rises from last year, naturalist says

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Butterflies are in full flight this summer throughout Kenosha County.

And Pringle Nature Center naturalist Valerie Mann has been raising her fair share of the winged creatures since the start of the season. At the nature center, located at 9800 Highway MB in Bristol, Mann can’t complain too much this year, as the butterflies seem to have made a comeback compared with a year ago when their numbers appeared to be scarce.

You can be a lepidopterist, too

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As a kid, I grew up on Mariposa Street in Salinas, Calif. My last name is Flores.

In Spanish, mariposa means “butterfly” and flores means “flower.”

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