Clintonville in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Portion of Wall of China
Taken Near Canton
the stones used.
The burned brick are 1700 years old.
Sun Yat Sen · Harvey Decker
Ek Hock Fung · James A. Bell
Edward Mo Fung · Walter A. Olen
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1700.
Location. 44° 37.291′ N, 88° 45.554′ W. Marker is in Clintonville, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker can be reached from 11th Street near Memorial Circle, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Pioneer Park behind the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 11th Street, Clintonville WI 54929, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Four–Wheel Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); Clintonville Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of an Airline (approx. 1.4 miles away); Chief Waupaca (approx. 6.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. Melvin O. Handrich (approx. 13.6 miles away); Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 14.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This is the only known authentic section of the Great Wall of China that has ever left the country. It was a gift of thanks from Chinese Leader Sun Yat Sen to the people of Clintonville, the home of the inventors and builders of the four wheel drive vehicles that helped to access China's interior.
It was necessary to remove part of the Great Wall for a railroad. The stones which were rebuilt in Central Park (later Walter A. Olen Park, now Pioneer Park) came from this gap. Trucks from Clintonville, used in the construction work along the railway, carried the stones away. Two small dog images that have dragon faces were taken from one of the 25,000 watch towers that extend on the wall. Permission to take the piece of wall out of China was granted to Mr. W. A. Olen (president of the Four Wheel Auto Drive) by President Sun Yat Sen, better known as Dr. Sun, and two Chinese officials, Ek Hock Fung and Edward M. Fung. Two Americans, H. V. Decker and James A. Bell, assisted with the negotiations.
Source: 1931 Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper article
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