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Kendall in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Elroy – Sparta State Trail

 
 
Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker
Inscription. This 32 mile state trail was formerly the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The conversion from “rail to trail” represented a new concept in recreational development. Utilizing the abandoned railbed, it was the first trail of its kind in the United States to be designated a National Recreational Trail by the United States Department of Interior. The trail is primarily used for bicycling, hiking and snowmobiling. Passing through scenic areas, it links the communities of Elroy, Kendall, Wilton, Norwalk and Sparta. Added attractions are its three tunnels, the longest being 3,833 feet. Train service began in 1873 as steam locomotives hauled grain, livestock and passengers. Rail service ended in 1964. The trail was established by the Department of Natural Resources in 1965 and opened to the public in 1967.
 
Erected 1979 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 253.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 47.6′ N, 90° 22.129′ W. Marker is in Kendall, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from White Street (County Highway P) north of South Railroad Street (State Highway 71),
Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker
on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is by the trail at the Kendall Depot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 White Street, Kendall WI 54638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 5.5 miles away); Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U.S. Navy (approx. 9.8 miles away); African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley (approx. 10 miles away); Mt. Vernon Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Castle Rock (approx. 10.4 miles away); Mesas and Buttes (approx. 10.4 miles away); Ice Age National Scientific Reserve (approx. 10.5 miles away); Wisconsin Military Reservation (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Kendall, Wisconsin. The Kendall Train Depot is the Headquarters and Concession Center for the trail. (Submitted on May 7, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker and Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
3. Elroy – Sparta State Trail Marker and Depot
Restored Kendall Train Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
4. Restored Kendall Train Depot
Nearby Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
5. Nearby Plaque
Dedicated to the Memory of
Michael D. Witt (1950-1998)
Born and raised in this area, Mike was a
respected DNR water quality engineer and
supervisor along with being an avid bicyclist.
A beloved family member, colleague, and
friend, he was taken from us far too soon.
Mike, we miss you.
June 2000
Plaque on Shelter Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
6. Plaque on Shelter
The trail is to the right of the shelter.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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