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Near Marquette in Clayton County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Old Military Trail

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
1. Old Military Trail Marker
Inscription. This rock marks the beginning of the Old Military Trail first used in the summer of 1840 by troops from Fort Crawford in Wisconsin when building Fort Atkinson in Iowa. It served as a highway for the movement of troops and supplies from Fort Crawford and Fort Atkinson.

[DAR insignia]
Erected by the Iowa Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
1927

 
Erected 1927 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.964′ N, 91° 10.806′ W. Marker is near Marquette, Iowa, in Clayton County. Marker can be reached from Great River Road (State Highway 76) 2 miles north of U.S. 18, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. After turning east at the railroad crossing, the marker can then be accessed by returning south on a half-mile long trail; the trail ends at the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Marquette IA 52158, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War of 1812 (approx. 1.2 miles away in Wisconsin); Villa Louis
Old Military Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
2. Old Military Trail Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away in Wisconsin but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Villa Louis (approx. 1.3 miles away in Wisconsin); The Mystery of the Mounds (approx. 1.5 miles away); L'ancien Cimetiere Francais (approx. 1.5 miles away in Wisconsin); Prairie du Chien (approx. 1.9 miles away in Wisconsin); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away in Wisconsin); Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet (approx. 1.9 miles away in Wisconsin).
 
Regarding Old Military Trail. The soldiers, in going to the new fort, followed up the Prairie du Chien channel of the Mississippi by boat to where it meets the main channel a mile above Prairie du Chien, then came directly across the Mississippi to the Iowa shore a little above the present Scrogum home, where a ravine made it possible to make a road up to the prairie lands above the river. From the top of the ravine the road came out through the old Hatch farm, now owned by the State bank, and followed the Pleasant ridge to Monona then on through Postville, Ossian, Calmar to Fort At­kinson.

A warehouse was built by the soldiers on the Iowa bank of the Mississippi at the
Old Military Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
3. Old Military Trail Marker
[southbound]
State Highway 76 is to the right of the railroad.
foot of the ravine, and steamers unloaded supplies there to be teamed up the hill and over the prairie to Fort Atkinson.

The road was used by the military forces until 1848, when Fort Atkinson was evacuated on the removal of the
Winnebago Indians to Minnesota. After that, the road up from McGregor's Landing came into use. The military
Road, though so long abandoned, is still a well defined trail.
—excerpt from The Postville Herald, November 11, 1926
 
Additional keywords. Military Road
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
View near Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
4. View near Marker
[northbound]
The marker is behind the photographer.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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