Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Military Road
The troops at Fort Crawford constructed the road from Prairie du Chien to Portage; those at Fort Winnebago extended it to Fond du Lac; and those at Fort Howard completed it to Green Bay. Blazed trees and ploughed furrows marked the route. Brush laid in river beds made wagon crossings possible. The early thoroughfare followed many Indian trails.
The army officials who supervised the work became interested in the future of the territory and invested their own finances in its development. The Military Road, the first influence of the federal government in Wisconsin, encouraged settlers to come to this territory.
Erected 1975 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 208.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Native AmericansRoads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 43° 46.534′ N, 88° 27.102′ W. Marker is in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker is at the intersection of South Military Road and West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north on South Military Road. Marker is west of the Fond du Lac Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 West 2nd Street, Fond du Lac WI 54935, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Soldiers Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Union Soldiers Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Wisconsin Progressive Party (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Military Road (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Spanish–American War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Locomotive No. 2714 (approx. 1.3 miles away); G. A. R. Memorial Drive (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fond du Lac.
Also see . . . Military Roads: Early Road Development. Wisconsin Historical Society. "Initially the (Submitted on August 17, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.