“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cadott in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Yellowstone Trail


The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 10, 2010
1. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
photo captions:

The YT following a prairie trail
The reason for the Good Roads movement
An "R" in Owen. YT turns right here.
An original YT road marker
Adding YT colors to pole near Cadott
YT "Trail Day." Everyone out to work on the road!
Inscription. The first coast-to-coast auto route across the northern tier of states.

"A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound"

Before 1912 Railroads dominated long distance transportation. Local roads were dust and mud. There was little help from government so owners of the newly arrived autos rose to the challenge.

1912 Small town businessmen from South Dakota formed the Yellowstone Trail Association to "get out of the mud" and to pressure counties to build usable automobile roads.
They named the transcontinental auto road Yellowstone to draw tourists along it to the national park. Roads and autos were crude and travel was tough. With no maps tourists relied on guide books and yellow rocks to find their way.

1915 The Yellowstone Trail was extended across Wisconsin and reached both coasts by 1917. Yellow and black signs were posted across the country. In 1929, it was Wisconsin's first cross-state highway to be concrete.

Until 1930 Hundreds of towns supported the famous Yellowstone Trail. The Association created free campgrounds, travel bureaus, and publications to help the traveler.

1930 Route numbering (now an international system but created by the State of Wisconsin in 1918) reduced the need for named roads. Then the Depression
The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 10, 2010
2. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
The Yellowstone Trail marker is the second marker from the left.
spelled the end for all trail associations.

Yellowstone Trail in central Wisconsin [map]

This heritage sign is dedicated to the memory of Francis and Joyce Barquest Gannon by Robert and Judith Gannon Gilles; Mark, Tammy and Jordan Gilles and Memorials from Friends and Family.

Erected 2005 by John and Alice Ridge, (modern) Yellowstone Trail Association.
Location. 44° 57.217′ N, 91° 8.815′ W. Marker is in Cadott, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on State Highway 27 0.1 miles north of Mills Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Riverview Park along Park Place Road. Marker is in this post office area: Cadott WI 54727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Introduction to the Geology of the Cadott Region (here, next to this marker); Cadotte Trading Post Site (here, next to this marker); Cadott Hub and Spoke Factory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Precambrian Rocks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gravesite of Lansing A. Wilcox (approx. one mile away); Wisconsin Veterans Tribute
Sign and Yellow-Painted Rock image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
3. Sign and Yellow-Painted Rock
Yellowstone Trail Historic National Automobile Route at Curtiss Park in Curtiss, Wisconsin.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Citizen Soldier Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Edson Union Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cadott.
Also see . . .
1. The Yellowstone Trail. (Submitted on February 5, 2011.)
2. Yellowstone Trail. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 5, 2011.) 

3. Chaska Herald. "Before 212, there was the Yellowstone" (Submitted on February 5, 2011.) 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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