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

Hobo Spring

 
 
Hobo Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, October 5, 2010
1. Hobo Spring Marker
Inscription.  This spring, so named because it was used by the transients who came off the nearby Soo Line railroad, is one of the few original reminders of Waukesha’s 19th century springs and resort era.
A century ago, Waukesha was known as “Spring City” because of its many springs. Records show the presence of more than 50 springs within the City of Waukesha and more were scattered around the County.
Two springs were located here in Frame Park, Hobo and Asahel (later called Orchard Spring). Both are shown on the 1891 map of Waukesha, although Hobo is not named. Towering trees formed the roof for both springs, and the slower pace characteristic of that earlier time is still found here at Hobo Spring.
 
Erected 2007 by Waukesha County Historical Museum. (Marker Number 34-07.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 43° 1.216′ N, 88° 13.265′ 
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W. Marker was in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of East Moreland Blvd and White Rock Avenue. Marker is located in Frame Park, off East Moreland Blvd entrance. This marker has been taken down so that another organization could put up their own marker. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Waukesha WI 53186, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. New Tribes Bible Institute (approx. half a mile away); Courthouse Complex (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Waukesha Freeman (approx. ¾ mile away); Weber Brewery (approx. ¾ mile away); Silurian Spring (approx. ¾ mile away); Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT) (approx. ¾ mile away); Rotunda (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cohn's Shoe Store (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waukesha.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Recent History
In 1997 after approval from The Waukesha Landmarks Commission, Fox River Development Board, and the Park Board, Deborah Hankel headed up a restoration project for the spring. The project was funded through
Hobo Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Linda Hansen, March 2017
2. Hobo Spring Marker
a HUD grant and donations from others such as the 1834 Club and Ralph North. The old wading pool was found again and all the original stones were found, except one. Luckily, the Halquist Stone Company donated a matching stone which was very rare and had not been available in the area in over 50 years.
    — Submitted July 15, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
 
Hobo Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, October 5, 2010
3. Hobo Spring Marker
Hobo Spring image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, October 5, 2010
4. Hobo Spring
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,758 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2017, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on October 11, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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