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Greenfield in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Janesville Plank Road

 
 
Janesville Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 20, 2010
1. Janesville Plank Road Marker
Front side of two sided marker
Inscription.
Side A:
The Janesville Plank Road was one of 16 privately-owned toll roads authorized by Wisconsinís Territorial legislature in 1848. The road was specified to follow a 65 mile route from Milwaukee through East Troy to Janesville. Its roadbed was built on the 1838 Janesville Territorial Road, which followed an Indian Trail extending southwestward from rice marshes near river mouths in the Milwaukee area to Janesville.
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Side B:
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From 1849-1854 only a 24 mile section was completed starting near present day Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee and reaching Mukwonago. The road was built primarily of oak planks laid across oak logs. Toll booths placed every few miles collected fees. Rapid decay of waterlogged planks and short-lived commercial success due to the growth of competing railroads led to the demise of the plank road.
 
Erected 2000 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 448.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 57.064′ N, 88° 1.679′ W. Marker is in Greenfield
Janesville Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 20, 2010
2. Janesville Plank Road Marker
Back side of two sided marker
, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Forest Home Avenue ľ mile west of South 92nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Maryís Church and Cemetery (approx. ľ mile away); Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. half a mile away); Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin (approx. half a mile away); Turn of the Century Business District (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hales Corners – A Farm Village (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1992 NASCAR Champion (approx. 1.3 miles away); The German Evangelical Church / Brachís Animal Hospital (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hales Corners – A Suburb (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Janesville Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 20, 2010
3. Janesville Plank Road Marker
Looking east at back side of marker
Janesville Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 20, 2010
4. Janesville Plank Road Marker
Looking west at front side of marker
 
 
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