“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Monches in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Carl Schurz Forest

Carl Schurz Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, September 4, 2010
1. Carl Schurz Forest Marker
Inscription.  Here the Ice Age Trail enters the forest honoring Carl Schurz. With John Muir, Increase Lapham, and Aldo Leopold, he belongs to the quartet of Great Wisconsin Conservationists memorialized by natural monuments left by the Wisconsin Glacier in northern Waukesha County.
Schurz was born in 1829 in Liblar, Germany, where his father managed the forests of Count Metternich. Caught up in the 1848 revolutionary movement for a democratic Germany, he barely escaped the Prussian authorities. He settled in Watertown in 1855, where his wife founded the first kindergarten. He supported Abraham Lincoln, who named him minister to Spain, and then major-general commanding the 11th Corps, which included the 26th Wisconsin.
Carl Schurz served as U.S. Senator from Missouri 1869-1875, and as Secretary of the Interior 1877-1881. As Secretary, he denounced lumbermen who were “not merely stealing trees, but whole forests,” and started the movement for a national forest service and a national park system.
In private life as in public, his motto was not, “My country, right or wrong.” But rather, “My country! If right, to
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be kept right. If wrong, to be set right.” In 1905, a year before his death, the University of Wisconsin honored him as “the foremost German-American – a sincere and bold leader of public opinion and an ardent advocate of wise measures of national reform.”
As you walk through Carl Schurz Forest, remember his words: “I learned to love the woods and to feel the fascination of the forest-solitude, with the whisper of the winds in the treetops.”
Erected by Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
Location. 43° 11.578′ N, 88° 20.789′ W. Marker is in Monches, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route E and County Route Q,K, on the right when traveling south on County Route E. Located at the trail head of the Ice Age Trail Monches Segment. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford WI 53027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monches (approx. half a mile away); North Lake (approx. 2.8 miles away); Plainview School No. 4 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Martin C. Weber, Sr.
Carl Schurz Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul F, September 4, 2010
2. Carl Schurz Forest Marker
Marker with trail marker.
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Village of Merton (approx. 3.6 miles away); Holy Hill (approx. 3.6 miles away); The “Fort Hill” Indian Mounds of Merton (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Baptist Church Of Merton (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. First Kindergarten marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 28, 2023