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

Watertown Plank Road

 
 
Watertown Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, circa September 11, 2009
1. Watertown Plank Road Marker
Inscription.  Started in 1848 and completed in 1853, extended 58 miles west from Milwaukee on a course roughly paralleling State Street past the Frederick Miller Plank Road Brewery through Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, and Oconomowoc to Watertown. The $110,000 road of white oak planks provided a route for farm products, wood, lime, and passenger vehicles. It cut roundtrip travel time to three days, all at a toll of about one cent a mile.
 
Erected 1955 by Milwaukee County Historical Society. (Marker Number 36.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 43° 2.525′ N, 87° 57.752′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West State Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Menomonee Valley Campsites (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Merrill Park (approx. half
Watertown Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, circa September 11, 2009
2. Watertown Plank Road Marker
a mile away); Hank Aaron - Changing Times (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Changing Landscape (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Hank Aaron - Changing Times (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Hank Aaron - Changing Times (approx. one mile away); Johnny Logan (approx. one mile away); Felix Mantilla (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 815 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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