Martin W. Torkelson

Martin W. Torkelson (HM1PN)

Location: Black River Falls, WI 54615 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 12.24', W 90° 50.249'

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(1878 - 1963)

Martin Torkelson, born in Jackson County, served the State of Wisconsin for more than fifty years. He was a pioneer in the development for both land and air trans?portation.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1904, Torkelson worked for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, which was the forerunner of the State Highway Commission. His recommendations to the legisla?ture in 1917 led to Wisconsin's being the first state to set up a numbering system for its highways.

Torkelson's work was not restricted to highway improvement. As Secretary and Executive Officer of the Wisconsin State Park and Planning Board he published a recreational plan in 1939 to set aside land for public enjoyment. His report on airport development, published in 1945, provided the foundation on which the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has continued to build.

Torkelson believed that adequate transportation was vital to commerce and that neither agriculture nor industry could flourish without it.
HM NumberHM1PN
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number247
Year Placed1978
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 672783 N 4896805
Decimal Degrees44.20400000, -90.83748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 12.24', W 90° 50.249'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 12' 14.40" N, 90° 50' 14.94" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N3595 Fall Hall Road, Black River Falls WI 54615, US
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