Cold Spring Road

Cold Spring Road (HMNGC)

Location: Greenfield, WI 53228 Milwaukee County
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N 42° 57.974', W 88° 2.764'

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In 1836, surveyors working for the U.S. General Land Office measured out the 6x6 mile grid of the future Town of Greenfield. Arterial roads and streets were later built at half-mile intervals following that pattern. In the days before road maps, streets were usually known by locally-used names, or given the names of streets extending out of Milwaukee to meet them. In 1930 a county-wide system of names and addresses was applied, and many streets received new designations. Cold Spring Road was an exception.
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Available supplies of pure water were important to past residents and remain today. Cold Spring Road was given its name by early settlers because of the prized natural springs along its western portion. The local school district was named "Cold Spring" in 1843, and "Cold Spring Road" has its earliest mention in the will of pioneer John Finan dated 1849. Of the twenty-six roads laid out along the 1836 surveyor's grid, it alone still bears its original name.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number524
Year Placed2008
Placed ByState Historical Society of Wisconsin
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 9:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 414689 N 4757595
Decimal Degrees42.96623333, -88.04606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 57.974', W 88° 2.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 57' 58.44" N, 88° 2' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)414, 262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 326 Oak Leaf Trail, Greenfield WI 53228, US
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