Free Printable Vintage Wisconsin Dells Postcards

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hornets' Nest

Free printable vintage Wisconsin Dells postcards are perfect for home decor for Wisconsinites.

Earlier this year, I started releasing sets of free printable vintage postcards. St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and birthday vintage postcard collections are now available. Free printable vintage Wisconsin Dells postcards is the first of many location-themed vintage postcard collections I’ll be releasing over the coming months. I absolutely love the aesthetic of vintage postcards from this era and am excited to share so many of them with you. The vintage Wisconsin Dells postcard collection features a staggering 47 postcards showcasing this beautiful area of the country.

Much like Niagara Falls, the Wisconsin Dells is one of the oldest tourist spots in the United States, largely due to its stunning natural beauty. While it’s now primarily known for its numerous water parks, the Wisconsin Dells first drew and still draws numerous visitors every year for its breathtaking rock formations right on the Wisconsin River.

As such, many of the printable vintage Wisconsin Dells postcards I’m featuring here highlight the rock formations and boats on the Wisconsin River. You’ll see multiple iconic Wisconsin Dells locations, including Stand Rock, Witches’ Gulch, Cold Water Canyon, Sugar Bowl Island, Hornet’s Nest, and Visor Ledge. There are also a selection of postcards featuring historic Wisconsin Dells’ hotels and restaurants/cocktail lounges.

Free Printable Vintage Wisconsin Dells Postcards

About the free printable vintage Wisconsin Dells postcards

You may download and print the postcards as many times as you like for personal use, including classroom use. You may use the postcards for limited runs (5,000 or less) of handmade physical items that you sell (i.e., coasters, collages, pillows). You are not authorized to sell the postcard images themselves as prints, only items you create with them.

Handmade physical items DOES NOT include made to order sites, such as Society6 and Zazzle. The sale of the download files themselves and of digital items using these images is also not allowed.

Additionally, please don’t distribute the download files. If friends, family, and co-workers are interested in their own postcards, please send them to this post where they can download their own files. Thank you!

I have a comprehensive guide about how to print and frame vintage postcards, which includes detailed information about the sizes and formats of the downloads I include here. If you still have questions after reading the guide, don’t hesitate to ask.

The low-resolution preview images in this post are intended solely for preview purposes. They are not suitable for printing. Use the download links to ensure you’re getting high-quality downloads in the size(s) you would like.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Barrett's Bar and Cocktail Lounge

Barrett’s Bar and Cocktail Lounge

Barrett’s Bar and Cocktail Lounge boasted being a quiet place to meet your friends where you could relax in the air-conditioning.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Boat Landing for Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

Boat Landing for Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

The iconic Upper Dells boat landing on the Wisconsin River where the Upper Dells boat tour and other area boats still depart from today.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Buckley's Restaurant

Buckley’s Restaurant

There is very little information online about Buckley’s Restaurant. Judging by the age of the postcards of Buckley’s, it dates back to the early 1900’s or even earlier.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is one of the many stunning rock formations along the Wisconsin River. It’s highlighted during the Upper Dells boat tour.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Upper Dells Clipper Winnebago in the Narrows

Clipper Winnebago

The Clipper Winnebago is a sternwheel excursion boat. The Clipper Winnebago was built in 1924 at Dubuque Boat and Boilers in Dubuque, Iowa with the engines built in 1920 at the Iowa Iron Works in Dubuque. It was assembled in the Dells. The Clipper Winnebago ran until 1948 when it was converted to a diesel-powered motor launch and renamed. Captains Oliver Reese and Arnold Priester ran the Clipper Winnebago. [Source]

See the modern version of the Clipper Winnebago. It’s the flagship boat of the Wisconsin Dells Boat Tours.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Upper Dells Clipper Winnebago in the Narrows

Clipper Winnebago in the Narrows

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Clipper Winnebago in the Upper Dells

Clipper Winnebago in the Upper Dells

This view of the Clipper Winnebago shows the ship departing the Palisades near Stand Rock, a scheduled stop on the Upper Dells boat tour.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Fat Man's Misery Cold Water Canyon

Cold Water Canyon

The Cold Water Canyon is a truly romantic spot in the Wisconsin Dells with very high rock walls and a very narrow passageway between them. Cold water springs feed a stream trailing along the rocky floor of the canyon. The narrowest point in Cold Water Canyon is called Fat Man’s Misery.

The Wisconsin Dells is home to 27 species of ferns. Some of the larger ones grow in vast beds beneath the forest trees. Many of the smaller varieties cling to crevices of the rock in the cool, moist canyons, including Cold Water Canyon.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Fat Man's Misery Cold Water Canyon

Fat Man’s Misery, View 1

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Fat Man's Misery Cold Water Canyon

Fat Man’s Misery, View 2

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Fern Garden in Cold Water Canyon

The Fern Garden

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Dam and Power House

Dam and Power House

The dam and power house of the Wisconsin Power and Light Company separates the Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River. Over one hundred years old, the Dam is integral to the entire Wisconsin Dells area.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Devil's Football

The Devil’s Football

The Devil’s Football rock formation is located in the Lower Dells. Shaped like a football and positioned for kick-off, you won’t be able to miss it.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Excursion Steamer in the Narrows

Excursion Steamer in the Narrows

An excursion steamer navigating its way through the Narrows in the Wisconsin River. The Narrows is aptly named, as it’s one of the narrowest sections of the river.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Foot of the Narrows

Foot of the Narrows

The Foot of the Narrows is a half-mile section of the Wisconsin River that gets very narrow. At the right, you see the cliff at Chapel Gorge. On the left, you see one of the Twin Sisters.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Grand Piano

Grand Piano

The Grand Piano is a tilted rock in the Lower Dells that resembles a partly overturned grand piano. You’re able to see the Grand Piano rock formation during the Lower Dells boat tour.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hawk's Bill

Hawk’s Bill

Hawk’s Bill is a notable rock formation in the Lower Dells with points jutting out much like the bill of a hawk.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells High Rock From Romance Cliff

High Rock From Romance Cliff

High Rock is one of the first high cliffs on the Upper Dells.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hornets' Nest

Hornet’s Nest

The Hornet’s Nest rock formation gets its name from its shape and general appearance. It serves as a pillar in front of a natural portico. The rock was washed out in prehistoric times, leaving behind a flat roof overhead with the Hornet’s Nest as its principal support.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hornets' Nest

Hornet’s Nest, portrait view

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hornets' Nest

Hornet’s Nest, landscape view

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hornets' Nest 2

Hornet’s Nest, portrait view with visitor

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hotel Crandall

Hotel Crandall

Hotel Crandall is one of the early lodging establishments built in the Wisconsin Dells. The postcard boasts “Every room with bath.”

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Hotel Helland

Hotel Helland

Hotel Helland was right in the heart of the Dells for easy access to dining, entertainment, and scenic views. The rooms included a private bath, garage, and free adjoining car parking. At the time of the postcard printing, the rates were advertised as $1.25 to $2.50 per person.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Inkstand and Sugar Bowl

Inkstand and Sugar Bowl Islands

Inkstand and Sugar Bowl are two of the four rocky islands on the Wisconsin River in the Wisconsin Dells. Sugar Bowl is the larger of the two islands. The Grotto Rocks are located nearby with various large grottos extending several feet into the heart of the rock.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Inkstand and Sugar Bowl

Inkstand and Sugar Bowl with boat

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Inkstand and Sugar Bowl

Inkstand and Sugar Bowl

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Sugar Bowl Rock

Sugar Bowl

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Jaws Entrance to the Upper Dells

The Jaws

The Jaws are the entrance to the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River. In both of these images of the Jaws, you see Romance Cliff on the left and High Rock on the right. The second image features two boats, “Black Hawk” and “Virginia,” about the pass through the Jaws.

The Jaws

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Jaws Entrance to the Upper Dells

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Black Hawk and Virginia Passing Through the Jaws

The Jaws, with boats “Black Hawk” and “Virginia”

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Lone Rock

Lone Rock

Lone Rock is the largest rock island in the Lower Dells. It is the farthest downstream and marks the end of the Lower Dells boat tour. There is a cave in Lone Rock extending the full length of the island.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Luncheon Hall

Luncheon Hall

Luncheon Hall is one of several interesting rock formations along the section of the Wisconsin River near Stand Rock. It is defined by its prominent rock roof, which is supported at the river end by the solid sandstone.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Luncheon Hall

Luncheon Hall

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Luncheon Hall With Visitors

Luncheon Hall with visitors

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Navy Yard

The Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is a stretch of rock formations on the Wisconsin River that resembles a fleet of boats at anchor, their prows projecting into the stream.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Navy Yard

The Navy Yard, view 1

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Navy Yard 2

The Navy Yard, view 2

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The New Hiawatha Bar at Stanton Palm Garden

New Hiawatha Bar, Stanton’s Palm Garden

Designed after the famous Hiawatha Train, the New Hiawatha Bar at Stanton’s Palm garden featured an adjoining cocktail lounge and palm garden. They proudly served Schlitz beer and Billy Barter ginger ale.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Palisades

The Palisades

The rocky walls of the river near Visor Ledge form the Palisades.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Spring Hill De Luxe Bungalows

Spring Hill De Luxe Bungalows

When the Spring Hill De Luxe Bungalows opened, they were one of the first hotels in the area to offer a suite of rooms with a private bath. Such privacy and comfort had not been available previously. The Bungalows also featured breakfast rooms and garage service.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Stand Rock

Stand Rock

The iconic Stand Rock formation is best known through the photo that H. H. Bennett took of his son Ashley Bennett “leaping the chasm” to Stand Rock. This image is depicted in the first postcard here of Stand Rock.

When you tour Stand Rock today as part of the Upper Dells boat tour, you get to see “Watch” the dog leap the chasm, which makes for a great photo opportunity. “Watch” is pictured in the second postcard here of Stand Rock.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Stand Rock

Stand Rock with Ashley Bennett

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Dog Jumping Stand Rock

Stand Rock with “Watch” the dog

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Stand Rock Indian Ceremonials

I have a couple of vintage postcards featuring the Sioux Indian tribe performing Stand Rock Indian ceremonials: Sunrise Call and Dog Feast Dance. The Dog Feast Dance was performed nightly at Stand Rock to commemorate the vital role the Indians’ hunting dogs played during the winter of the great famine.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Dog Feast Dance Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonials, Dog Feast Dance

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Sunrise Call, Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonials, Sunrise Call

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Toad Stool

Toad Stool

The Toad Stool is another one of the awe-inspiring rock formations along the Wisconsin River in the Wisconsin Dells.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Twin Sister Rocks

Twin Sisters Rocks

The Twin Sisters Rocks are among the many stunning rock formations in the Wisconsin Dells area. These particular formations are located right near the Foot of the Narrows on the Wisconsin River.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Visor Ledge

Visor Ledge

Visor Ledge is another iconic Wisconsin Dells rock formation in the Dells of the Wisconsin River. It gets its name from its shape, which resembles the square visor of a Civil War soldier’s cap.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Visor Ledge

Visor Ledge, looking up

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Visor Ledge

Visor Ledge, side perspective

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Witches Gulch

Witches Gulch

Witches Gulch is a narrow canyon in the Dells of the Wisconsin River. The spectacular walk is filled with fern glens, shadowy passages, and hidden whirlpool chambers. Arguably, it’s one of the most beautiful areas in the Wisconsin Dells, if not, in the entire state of Wisconsin.

As of 2016, Witches Gulch is not accessible by land. If you’re interested in visiting Witches Gulch, you have to take the Upper Dells boat tour or travel there by water in your own boat. The Upper Dells boat tour also includes Stand Rock, Chimney Rock, Romance Cliff, and Blackhawk’s Profile.

Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Witches Gulch

Witches Gulch, Dells of the Wisconsin River

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Entrance to Witches Gulch

Entrance to Witches Gulch

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells Spooky Lane in Witches Gulch

Spooky Lane in Witches Gulch

Spooky Lane gets its name from the combination of the strangeness of the rock formations, murmuring of the brook, and dim light falling through the green leaves. The aesthetic is weird and beautiful.

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Moss Hung Cliffs of Witches Gulch

The Moss Hung Cliffs of Witches Gulch

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Vintage Postcard Wisconsin Dells The Path in Witches Gulch

The Path in Witches Gulch

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Vintage Postcard Map of the Dells of the Wisconsin River Region

Map of the Dells of the Wisconsin River Region

Finally, I’m ending with a hand-illustrated map of the Dells of The Wisconsin River region, which spans Devil’s Lake in the south to the Upper Dells in the north.

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I have a comprehensive guide explaining the various download sizes I offer for my vintage postcards. It will help you select the best sizes for framing and DIY purposes. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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