Near Solon Springs in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Brule–St. Croix Portage
Traveling from Prairie du Chien in 1766, Jonathan Carver was advised by his Chippewa guide not to ascend the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers because he lacked enough gifts for the numerous and unfriendly Sioux along that route. Carver's party then detoured up the Chippewa River to Lac Court Oreilles, portaged to the Namekagon, traveled down stream to the St. Croix and up that river to the passage north of St. Croix Lake.
The two-mile portage between the St. Croix and Brule was used by another exploration party led by Henry Schoolcraft August 6, 1832. One of Schoolcraft's companions recorded that the Brule was a brook of clear, cold water "filled with brook trout." The Brule still is one of the best trout streams in the United States.
Erected 1962 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 120.)
Topics and series. Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1680.
Location. 46° 19.358′ N, 91° 48.715′ W. Marker is near Solon Springs, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Business U.S. 53, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 53, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at a wayside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12274S Business 53, Solon Springs WI 54873, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brule St. Croix Portage (approx. 4.4 miles away); Brule-St. Croix Portage (approx. 4.4 miles away); Antoine Gordon (approx. 5.3 miles away); Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium (approx. 14.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Photos of the Source of the St. Croix and Brule Rivers. (Submitted on June 17, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 830 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.