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Near Angelo in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort McCoy South Post Gates

 
 
Fort McCoy South Post Gates Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 22, 2017
1. Fort McCoy South Post Gates Marker
Inscription.  From 1935-1941, the Works Progress Administration made significant contributions to the nation's defense efforts. Within the state of Wisconsin this program provided much-needed Depression-era economic support to the communities in the Monroe County area. The Works Progress Administration constructed the Camp McCoy stone entrance gates along State Highways 16 and 21. Work began in 1940 and was completed in 1941. The road connecting the two highways had existed since Camp McCoy first opened for military training in 1909.

The stone gates along Highway 16 cost $4,774 to build. The limestone, sandstone and concrete walls of the gate are set at a 45-degree angle to the main entrance road to Fort McCoy South Post. Each wall of the gate consists of 21 cement-capped limestone pillars, and is approximately 250 feet long.

Stone gates were constructed off Highway 21 at the Fort McCoy South Post entrance for a total cost of $760. The two limestone, sandstone and concrete structures each are approximately 31 feet long and 18 feet wide, including the base. The photo shows two guns placed in the Roman archways.

The South Post Stone
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Gates (State Highways 16 and 21) are the only remaining structures on Fort McCoy constructed by the Works Progress Administration.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkMan-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location. 43° 56.58′ N, 90° 43.799′ W. Marker is near Angelo, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker is on County Highway A near State Highway 16, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta WI 54656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 4 miles away); U.S. Post Office (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sparta Free Library (approx. 4.1 miles away); Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 4.1 miles away); Masonic Lodge (approx. 4.1 miles away); Making the Grade (approx. 5 miles away); In Honor of All Who Have Served (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Fort McCoy South Post Gates Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 22, 2017
2. Fort McCoy South Post Gates Marker
Fort McCoy South Post Entrance Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 22, 2017
3. Fort McCoy South Post Entrance Road
Fort McCoy South Post Gate Stone Wall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 22, 2017
4. Fort McCoy South Post Gate Stone Wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2019, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2019, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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