The Yellowstone Trail

The Yellowstone Trail (HMQTL)

Location: Cadott, WI 54727 Chippewa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 57.217', W 91° 8.815'

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The first coast-to-coast auto route across the northern tier of states.

"A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound"

Before 1912 Railroads dominated long distance transportation. Local roads were dust and mud. There was little help from government so owners of the newly arrived autos rose to the challenge.

1912 Small town businessmen from South Dakota formed the Yellowstone Trail Association to "get out of the mud" and to pressure counties to build usable automobile roads.
They named the transcontinental auto road Yellowstone to draw tourists along it to the national park. Roads and autos were crude and travel was tough. With no maps tourists relied on guide books and yellow rocks to find their way.

1915 The Yellowstone Trail was extended across Wisconsin and reached both coasts by 1917. Yellow and black signs were posted across the country. In 1929, it was Wisconsin's first cross-state highway to be concrete.

Until 1930 Hundreds of towns supported the famous Yellowstone Trail. The Association created free campgrounds, travel bureaus, and publications to help the traveler.

1930 Route numbering (now an international system but created by the State of Wisconsin in 1918) reduced the need for named roads. Then the Depression spelled the end for all trail associations.

Yellowstone Trail in central Wisconsin [map]

This heritage sign is dedicated to the memory of Francis and Joyce Barquest Gannon by Robert and Judith Gannon Gilles; Mark, Tammy and Jordan Gilles and Memorials from Friends and Family.
Year Placed2005
Placed ByJohn and Alice Ridge, (modern) Yellowstone Trail Association
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 10:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 646169 N 4979468
Decimal Degrees44.95361667, -91.14691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 57.217', W 91° 8.815'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 57' 13.02" N, 91° 8' 48.90" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 Park Place Rd, Cadott WI 54727, US
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