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Near Poynette in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rest Areas on the I-Roads

 
 
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By Keith L, September 23, 2009
1. Rest Areas on the I-Roads Marker
Inscription. Early roadside rest areas were rural school grounds and country churchyards with their two little houses in back.

In Wisconsin, by 1920, curves were built to eliminate sharp road corners. Local garden clubs, with the American Legion and Auxiliary, began to beautify many of the resulting triangles with flowers and shrubs. Motorists used these places to relax and picnic.

In 1931 the Wisconsin Legislature authorized highway beautification, and later the familiar waysides - small roadside parks at first and for many years without water or sanitation. In 1940 garden and women's clubs, the Legion, the Wisconsin Friends of Our Native Landscape and others organized the Wisconsin Roadside Council, joined by the County Highway and County Boards Associations, to aid the State Highway Commission in roadside development and increasing and improving waysides. Through such initiative Wisconsin gained the experience to become one of the very first states to provide these modern full-facility I-Road rest areas you now enjoy approximately every 50 miles.
 
Erected 1979 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 259.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
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By Keith L, September 22, 2012
2. Rest Areas on the I-Roads Marker
New location at rest area.
43° 25.75′ N, 89° 28.946′ W. Marker is near Poynette, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 39 at milepost 113, 4.2 miles south of Wisconsin Highway 78, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located at Rest Area 11, on southbound I-39 and eastbound I-90/94, approximately 8 miles south of Portage, Wisconsin. Marker is in this post office area: Poynette WI 53955, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Circus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of the American Revolution Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wallis Rowan and His Cabin (approx. 4.9 miles away); John Muir View (approx. 5 miles away); St. Mary's of the Pines (approx. 5.6 miles away); Pierre Pauquette Ferry (approx. 7 miles away); Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poynette.
 
More about this marker. The rest area is located on the longest stretch of three concurrent Interstate Highways in the United States, and is the only rest area in the United States (along with nearby Rest Area 12) located on three concurrent Interstate Highways. It is also the busiest rest area in Wisconsin (along with Rest
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By Keith L, September 23, 2009
3. Rest Areas on the I-Roads Marker
Area 12).
 
Also see . . .  Rest Areas and Waysides. (Submitted on September 24, 2009.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Keith L, September 22, 2012
4. Rest Areas on the I-Roads Marker
New location at rest area.
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By Keith L, September 22, 2012
5. Rest Areas on the I-Roads Marker
New location at rest area.
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By Keith L, October 2, 2010
6. Rest Area Facility
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By Keith L, September 22, 2012
7. Rest Area Facility
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By Keith L, October 2, 2010
8. Rest Area Facility
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,497 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on October 11, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on September 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on October 11, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on January 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on October 11, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on January 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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