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

Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 17, 2019
1. Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail Marker
Inscription.  
This trail was originally a railway built between Eland and Wausau by the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railway.

In 1996, the Friends of Mountain-Bay State Trail, the Wisconsin State Parks System and Marathon County Parks worked together to convert this historic rail bed into a recreational trail. Today, you can bike, hike and snowmobile* along miles of beautiful Wisconsin scenery.

*Between Weston and Pulaski only.

Trace Marathon County's history as you trek along the tracks
During the 1800's several railroad companies came to Marathon County and laid tracks that inspired the growth of many towns along the way. Migrants to the area made a living working with the railroad, logging, operating sawmills or farming. As you travel along this trail, take time and think about the early days of Marathon County. Imagine what it would be like working on a construction crew, building a railroad through the wilderness. What would it have been like farming this land? What would you have seen as a passenger on a steam-powered train?
 
Erected by Friends of Mountain-Bay
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2. Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail Marker - upper right image
Railroads helped Marathon County grow
The Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway built the railway from Eland Junction to Wausau in 1880. It is credited with providing more growth to Marathon County than any other railway.
State Trail, Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club, Marathon County Parks.
 
Location. 44° 54.403′ N, 89° 33.065′ W. Marker is in Weston, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Municipal Street north of Steenberg Avenue. Marker can be seen from the parking lot for the Mountain Bay State Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schofield WI 54476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Over the Hills and through the Woods... (approx. 0.2 miles away); Callon was once humming with activity (approx. 2.3 miles away); Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fallen Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pine Grove Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 4.1 miles away); Cutler Post Monument (approx. 5 miles away); World War I Guardian Angel Monument (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
 
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Photo from Jewell Collection, permission by Bill Grosnick
3. Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail Marker - lower right image
Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 17, 2019
4. Welcome to the Mountain-Bay State Trail Marker
Marker is on the left, behind the bicycle rack.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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