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Near Retreat in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail

 
 
Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail Marker
Inscription.  
Two trails across
Dr. Bean's door yard, the
Black Hawk Retreat and
the Winnebago Trail
which ran from Winne-
shiek's (De Soto) village
to large Winnebago town
above the forks of the
Kickapoo at Manning
prior to 1840.

Authority:
Dr. D.A. Bean 1854
Wm T Sterling 1840

No 4 CVP
 
Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter. (Marker Number 4 CVP.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Black Hawk War series list.
 
Location. 43° 27.972′ N, 91° 5.768′ W. Marker is near Retreat, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 82 and Anderson Ridge Road, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 82. Marker is located at a traffic island along Anderson Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: De Soto WI 54624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk Trail
Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail Marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Black Hawks Outpost (approx. 3.7 miles away); Black Hawk War (approx. 5.9 miles away); Battle of Bad Axe (approx. 5.9 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder (approx. 6 miles away); Winneshiek’s Landing (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Historic Trail Markers Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Historic Trail Markers Sign
[map]

Originally this marker was erected in Dr. Bean's yard at the spot where two Indian trails crossed. Dr. Bean's house stood on the higher ground a very short distance west of this site. The house was demolished in 1992.

Grateful appreciation is given to Dr. C.V. Porter whose hard work and dedication preserved this segment of history for all.

Vernon County Historical Society
Wisconsin Humanities Committee
Wisconsin State Dept. of Transportation
Vernon County Highway Department

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,232 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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