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Jackson County Markers
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Alma Center — 240 — Silver Mound
This large, isolated hill is a famous site where prehistoric Indians gathered to quar­ry a particularly attractive quartzite for the manufacture of chipped stone tools. Several aboriginal quarries are scattered along the rimrock of this mound. Thousands of tons of waste rock from these pits indicate that quarrying was car­ried on selectively over many centuries. Fields surrounding this mound are littered with quartzite fragments and flakes which accumulated during the process of mak­ing . . . — Map (db m3195) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Black River Falls Forest Fire
On the dry, windy afternoon of April 27, 1977, a forest fire started south of Black River Falls. The fire quickly became a raging crown fire, traveling through the tops of the dense pine forest. This mound, directly in the path of the fire, was burned in just a few minutes time. In the 12 hours it took for the fire to run its course, 14 homes and 17,590 acres of forest land had burned, the village of Millston was spared because of a last minute wind shift. Most of this area has since been . . . — Map (db m3321) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 228 — Black River Valley
White pine trees were growing here when Columbus made his voyage to America. In 1819 the first attempts to saw lumber were unsuccessful, but in 1839 Jacob Spaulding founded Black River Falls by erecting the first permanent sawmill and settlement on the Black River.      This valley contained the largest pine trees, some of them up to six feet across at ground level, and the most pine trees per township in the state.      Before logging ended in 1905, more than fifty sawmills had . . . — Map (db m3322) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 300 — Highground Veterans Memorial
Wisconsin Vietnam veterans provided leadership for the establishment of a memo­rial dedicated to the men and women of the state who served in America's 20th century conflicts. In 1985, the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project acquired property near Neillsville, northeast of here. The site contains a strikingly beautiful elevated panoramic vista overlooking 500,000 acres of countryside. The site was soon dubbed "The Highground" by the veterans.      During 1987, the veter­ans . . . — Map (db m3309) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 247 — Martin W. Torkelson(1878 – 1963)
Martin Torkelson, born in Jackson County, served the State of Wisconsin for more than fifty years. He was a pioneer in the development for both land and air trans­portation. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1904, Torkelson worked for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, which was the forerunner of the State Highway Commission. His recommendations to the legisla­ture in 1917 led to Wisconsin's being the first state to set up a numbering system for its . . . — Map (db m3477) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 66 — Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.(1925–1950)
Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous action in battle between U.S. troops and Chinese Communists near Chonghyon, Korea, Nov. 5, 1950. Red Cloud’s Company was entrenched beside Hill 123. Early in the morning a large enemy force bore down upon them. Red Cloud shouted a warning and started shooting. In the exchange fire, he was critically wounded, but dragged himself up and, supporting himself by a tree, continued firing and gave . . . — Map (db m1865) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 195 — The Passenger Pigeon
Huge flocks of passenger pigeons once roamed North America. Larger than the mourning dove which it resembled, the passenger pigeon derived its name from an Indian word meaning "wanderer" or one who moves from place to place. Flying at a normal speed of sixty miles per hour, the pigeon moved hundreds of miles in migration and 50-100 miles a day during the nesting season, searching for food.      The largest nesting on record anywhere occurred in this area in 1871. The nesting ground . . . — Map (db m3307) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Hatfield — 108 — The Hatfield Canal1907 – 1908
This three-mile canal is the oldest and longest in use in Wisconsin. Canal, dam and powerhouse cost the La Crosse Water Power Company $1,500,000. It required 700 men and three steam dredges and was Wisconsin's largest power project in the early 1900's. Mississippi Valley Public Service Company owned it about 40 years. It is now owned by Northern States Power Company. — Map (db m30927) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Millston — 204 — Sphagnum MossWisconsin’s Invisible Industry
Marshy sections of Jackson, Monroe, Wood and Clark counties produce large quan­tities of Sphagnum moss, providing a major but little known state resource. The ability of Sphagnum to hold 20 times its weight in water makes it invaluable for keeping plants and nursery stock alive in shipment. It is also used in hydroponic gardening, for air shipment of flowers, and because it is sterile it is used in surgical dressings and in seed germination to prevent fungus attack in seeds. Sphagnum replaces . . . — Map (db m49765) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Millston — 203 — Winnebago Indians
Winnebago Indians call themselves “Hochunkgra.” A Siouan people, they once occupied the southern half of Wisconsin and the northern counties of Illinois. The Black Hawk War of 1832 and a series of treaties forced the Winnebago out of their homeland, and they were removed to reservations in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and finally to a portion of the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. With each removal, small bands of Winnebago returned to Wisconsin, with the largest settle­ment . . . — Map (db m3425) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Shamrock — Shamrock
Irish, English, Scotch pioneers settled in this valley about 1850. Their collective struggles and sharing built this rural community, originally called Kelly’s Corner. 1853 - Union Cemetery 1856 - Sawmill - H. B. Mills 1860 - St. Columbkille Catholic Mission Church and Cemetery 1864 - Log Schoolhouse - Melissa Printz, teacher 1873 - Union Church - Salmeron Smith, preacher 1874 - General Store - Roscoe Pratt 1879 - Blacksmith Shop - Augustus Woodworth 1881 - Post Office - David . . . — Map (db m3485) HM
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