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Near Trempealeau in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Mississippi River Parkway:

First Project

 
 
The Mississippi River Parkway: First Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. The Mississippi River Parkway: First Project Marker
Inscription. The first 5-mile-long section of the Great River Road project, or the Mississippi River Parkway as it was originally named, was built near here in 1953 and extend­ed east across the Black River. Eventually, the Great River Road would follow the Mississippi River through the scenic and historic heartland of the United States, from the river's source near Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico, offer­ing panoramic views and spectacular vistas to the traveler.

Built by Wisconsin with federal aid and with the confidence that the other nine river states would continue the work, this section of the project symbolized the faith of Wisconsin in the integrity and permanence of the nation's institutions.

The completion of the first part of the 2,000 mile project provided tangible evidence that the concept of a pleasurable riverside highway along the banks of the Mississippi River, from its source to the sea, would be realized.
 
Erected 1994 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 0.185′ N, 91° 25.533′ W. Marker is near Trempealeau, Wisconsin
The Mississippi River Parkway: First Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. The Mississippi River Parkway: First Project Marker
, in Trempealeau County. Marker can be reached from East 3rd Street / Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.4 miles east of Chase Street (County Highway K), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker can be reached from the parking lot of the Great River State Trail; marker is along the trail. Marker is in this post office area: Trempealeau WI 54661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Allen Reed / Trempealeau (approx. 0.9 miles away); French Post (approx. 2.5 miles away); Perrot's Post (approx. 2.5 miles away); Brady's Bluff (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Geology of Perrot State Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Historic Lake Labelle (approx. 3.8 miles away in Minnesota); Pickwick Mill (approx. 3.9 miles away in Minnesota); Gale College Historic District (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trempealeau.
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin's Great River Road. (Submitted on October 14, 2009.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. 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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