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BARABOO (AP) — Devil’s Lake State Park is officially an historic place.

The Baraboo News Republic reports the park was nominated to be listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places last year and recently won approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Devil’s Lake is the second Wisconsin park to be listed. The first was Copper Falls, in Ashland County, which was approved in 2005.

Devil’s Lake became a state park in 1911, and was developed further by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program that was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Great Depression relief package. The property near the lake was first developed as a tourist area around the Civil War.

It’s is the largest and most visited state park in Wisconsin.