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Salem in Kenosha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Brass Ball Corners

 
 
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By Paul F, November 16, 2010
1. Brass Ball Corners Marker
Inscription. In the 1800ís, before assigning names to roads was a common practice, intersections were often given names to identify communities and places of interest.

The trail through Brass Ball Corners started at Lake Michigan and went west through Lake Geneva to Janesville. Farmers and merchants frequented the trail, hauling grain, furs and lead to the Port of Kenosha.

In 1842, farmer Seth Huntoon recognized a growing need for a place where travelers could rest. He built an inn on the northwest corner of a busy junction and then hung a wooden ball gilded in gold at the intersection. Because of its likeness to brass, the intersection came to be known as Brass Ball Corners.

Over time the corners grew, as a school, post office, church, shoemaker, and several homes were built at the corner. The community eventually became the Village of Paddock Lake. Today, a replica brass ball hangs nearby.
 
Erected 2005 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 503.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 34.076′ N, 88° 6.957′ W. Marker is in Salem, Wisconsin, in Kenosha County. Marker is at the intersection of 75th Street

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By Paul F, November 16, 2010
2. Brass Ball Corners Marker
(Wisconsin Route 50) and 256th Avenue (Wisconsin Route 83), on the left when traveling west on 75th Street. Click for map. Marker is located at southeast corner of intersection in a small park. Marker is in this post office area: Salem WI 53168, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schaefer Mammoth Site (approx. 7.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 8 miles away); Cordelia A.P. Harvey (approx. 9 miles away); The Name “Wisconsin” (approx. 9.1 miles away); Mormons in Early Wisconsin (approx. 11.4 miles away); a different marker also named Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 11.4 miles away); Yorkville #4 School (approx. 12.8 miles away); The Mother Rudd Barn (approx. 16.8 miles away in Illinois).
 
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Brass Ball Corners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, November 16, 2010
3. Brass Ball Corners Marker
Brass ball is located above marker
Brass Ball image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, November 16, 2010
4. Brass Ball
Close up of Brass Ball
Brass Ball Corners image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, November 16, 2010
5. Brass Ball Corners
Brass Ball over intersection
 
 
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