Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

New owners have some big plans for Devils Nest development

WAUSA — Development may be in the works in the Devils Nest area.
James Coburn, from Colburn Construction, Harrisburg, S.D., and Megan Hanefeldt, Knox County Economic Development Director, met with board members on plans that are being put in place for the Devils Nest area and asked for help in making improvements on a county road that takes visitors to the area.
The road is north of Lindy and then angles to the northeast.
“I am talking about the old river road. There are really some problems with that stretch of road – I think the best thing is to just put some gravel on it for now,” Coburn said.
Plans for the development in the Devils Nest area include a marina, motel and a strip mall.
A golf course is another option that could be looked at for construction at a later date, Coburn said.
Current plans call for the Marina to be located in an area that is kind of like a cove, said Coburn, who is part of the group that purchased the property in northern Knox County’s Devils Nest area.
“We want to be in contact and work back and forth with the casinos,” Colburn said. “When you look at a radius of 150 miles from the Devils Nest we have a large population to draw from.”
Close to 40 people already have living quarters in the area, with a number of them being permanent residences according to Coburn.
“There will be several more before long,” he said.
Colburn said he would like to intermingle some of the history and legends surrounding the Devils Nest area into the new development.
The Devils Nest area continues to retain the aura of mystery that has surrounded the hills for over a hundred years.
Frank & Jesse James and other bandits are said to have holed up in the hills and ravines of the Devils Nest. Evidence that the notorious James brothers hid out in these rolling hills may be scant, but people still love to hear the stories.
The legend involving buried gold somewhere in the Devils Nest also continues.
Some believe French blacksmith and trader Anthony Jaenecque buried bags of outlaw gold in a long lost hole in the Knox County hills.