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Solon Springs in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Brule-St. Croix Portage

 
 
Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 15, 2012
1. Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker
Inscription. Approximately one mile northeast of this point, a continental divide separates the watersheds of the Brule and St. Croix Rivers. The Brule flows north to Lake Superior and the St. Croix flows southerly to the Mississippi. A time worn trail connects the navigable portions of these two rivers.

Native Americans were the first to utilize this portage route. Later, voyagers, explorers, missionairies, traders and pioneers also followed it. The first documented use of this portage was in 1680, by Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut, after whom the City of Duluth is named.

Because of its important role in early travel through the region, the portage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation of the portage was initiated about 1930 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, it is within the boundaries of the Brule River State Forest.
 
Erected 1997 by Brule River State Forest.
 
Location. 46° 22.896′ N, 91° 46.596′ W. Marker is in Solon Springs, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker is on U.S. 53, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Solon Springs WI 54873, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured
Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 15, 2012
2. Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker
Close up of inset map in upper left hand corner.
as the crow flies. The Brule St. Croix Portage (within shouting distance of this marker); Brule–St. Croix Portage (approx. 4.4 miles away); Antoine Gordon (approx. 9.4 miles away); Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium (approx. 9.9 miles away); Major Richard Ira Bong (approx. 14 miles away); Major "Dick" Bong (approx. 14.1 miles away); Daniel Greysolon Sieur Dulhut (approx. 14.7 miles away); Brule River (approx. 14.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Solon Springs.
 
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Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kim Van Elzen, October 3, 2009
3. Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker
Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 15, 2012
4. Brule-St. Croix Portage Marker
Looking north along County Highway A.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kim Van Elzen of Minong, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Kim Van Elzen of Minong, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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