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Near West Salem in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Hamlin Garland

Hamlin Garland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
1. Hamlin Garland Marker
Inscription.  Gifted author of this region, Hamlin Garland was born at West Salem September 14, 1860, and died March 4, 1940. His ashes rest in the Garland family plot in Neshonoc cemetery, heart of the Coulee Country immortalized in his books, “Trailmakers of the Middle Border,” “A Son of the Middle Border,” “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” and “Backtrailers from the Middle Border.” These biographical novels depict the pioneer life of his forefathers, the Garlands and McClintocks, tell of his boyhood on the farm in Green's Coulee near Onalaska and the increasing hardships endured by his family as they moved westward. He describes his life in the East as a struggling young author and the recognition and success which came to him. Garland was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918, and in 1920 his book “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as the best biography of the year. In 1893 Garland provided a home for his aging parents in West Salem, a study for himself where he continued to write, and a summer home for his wife and small daughters.
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1960 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 101.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1999.
Location. 43° 54.732′ N, 91° 4.561′ W. Marker is near West Salem, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is on State Highway 16 east of State Highway 108, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at Swarthout Lakeside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Salem WI 54669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Neshonoc (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hamlin Garland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Stanley R. Christianson (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Mindoro Cut (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Valley View Site (approx. 7 miles away); Tim Gullikson (approx. 8 miles away); Luther College (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Salem.
Also see . . .  Hamlin Garland. (Submitted on July 6, 2008.)
Hamlin Garland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. Hamlin Garland Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,262 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2023