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

Historic Root River / Root River Parkway

 
 
Historic Root River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 10, 2015
1. Historic Root River Marker
Inscription.
The Root River system began forming about 20,000 years ago when Wisconsinís glaciers began to retreat. Starting in eastern New Berlin, it flows through southwest Milwaukee County before entering Lake Michigan at the city of Racine (French for “root”). Teeming with fish and game, the river and its drainage area drew many Native Americans. The last, the Potawatomi, were here until their departure by treaty in the 1830s. Later residents of the area now within the city of Greenfield found “more than a bushel basket” of stone artifacts and a copper tool from ca. 3000-500 BC, “innumerable little Indian heads as short as an inch and the largest were 4-5 inches long,” as well as a trove of projectile points that was uncovered by a young boy during the 1950s.

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Root River Parkway

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Later 19th and early 20th century settlers struggled to farm here. During the mid-20th century, houses were built on areas of the floodplain, with many soon demolished following several subsequent floods. Charles Whitnall, the father of the Milwaukee County Parks System, included the Root River Parkway in his 1923 master plan. Land acquisitions during the New Deal era led to its creation as a major recreational resource. The Milwaukee
Root River Parkway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 10, 2015
2. Root River Parkway Marker
County landscape architect and Wisconsin native Alfred Boerner designed the parkway and its units, including the Boerner Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, which were built by laborers in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and other Depression-era work programs. In 2013, portions of the Root River Parkway were listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2014 by Wisconsin Historical Society and Greenfield Historic Society. (Marker Number 558.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 58.406′ N, 88° 3.104′ W. Marker is in Greenfield, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Beloit Road half a mile west of South 108th Street (Wisconsin Highway 100), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11000 West Beloit Road, Milwaukee WI 53228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cold Spring Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1992 NASCAR Champion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Janesville Plank Road (approx. 2 miles away); St. Maryís Church and Cemetery
Historic Root River / Root River Parkway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 10, 2015
3. Historic Root River / Root River Parkway Marker
Looking southeast across Beloit Road and Parkway
(approx. 2 miles away); Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hales Corners – A Farm Village (approx. 2.5 miles away); Turn of the Century Business District (approx. 2.5 miles away); Hales Corners – A Suburb (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenfield.
 
Additional keywords. WPA, CCC
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Historic Root River / Root River Parkway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 10, 2015
4. Historic Root River / Root River Parkway Marker
Looking northwest along Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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