Token Creek in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The name Token was derived from Tokaunee, a minor Indian chief. Completed in 1844, the Fort Winnebago Road from Madison passed through Token Creek. Guided by the landmark Big Hill, homesteaders and lumbermen journeyed through on their way to northern pineries.
Token Creek had a school, Congregational church, two mills and an early fish hatchery. Veterans of five wars, including the Revolutionary War, rest in the cemetery.
Until destroyed by fire in 1881, the Token Creek Tavern was the area's social center. Under the glow of tallow candles, couples danced to the fiddle music of Marcus Wheeler, father of poetess Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Token Creek declined after the railroads bypassed it.
Erected 1984 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 21.)
Topics and series. Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Entertainment • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
Location. 43° 11.791′ N, 89° 17.628′ W. Marker is in Token Creek, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Portage Road, 0.2 miles north of Windsor Road (Wisconsin Highway 19), on the right when traveling north. The marker is in a wayside next to the creek just south of the Token Creek Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: De Forest WI 53532, 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. Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail (approx. 1½ miles away); Maureen Mengelt Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Rural Free Delivery in Wisconsin (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the First Well in DeForest (approx. 3.9 miles away); Our Bell (approx. 4.1 miles away); The De Forest Depot De Forest Centennial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Georgia O'Keeffe (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a marker for Ella Wheeler Wilcox, as mentioned in the Token Creek marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,930 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.