Old Military Road

Old Military Road (HMONT)

Location: Pickerel, WI 54465 Langlade County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 20.208', W 88° 53.643'

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In March 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress which enabled the states of Michigan and Wisconsin to begin construction of a road between Fort Howard at Green Bay and Fort Wilkins near Copper Harbor. It took one year to build the road from Fort Howard to Keshena. By 1869 it had reached the Michigan state line. First used for transporting federal troops and supplies, the road also was used by explorers, settlers, trappers and hunters. By the turn of the century it became an artery for the lumbering interests who kept the road repaired until it became a part of the State trunk highway system in 1923. Along this road are many points of historic and legendary interest. Nine Mile Creek, Langlade and Lily were important logging centers. Way stations were established during the 1880s at the Otter Slide, three miles north of Sullivan Falls, the Gauthier Place near Shotgun Eddy, and Mag Lawe's station, two miles north of Keshena Falls, and served both the lumber trade and weary travelers.
Erected 1962
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number119
Year Placed1962
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 12:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 351597 N 5022110
Decimal Degrees45.33680000, -88.89405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 20.208', W 88° 53.643'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 20' 12.48" N, 88° 53' 38.58" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 999 Barnett Ln, Pickerel WI 54465, US
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There were many trees in the park blown down by a damaging storm a few days before our visit. The marker itself was ok.

Aug 10, 2019 at 8:08am PDT by brianh178

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