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Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Watertown Plank Road

 
 
Watertown Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, circa September 11, 2009
1. Watertown Plank Road Marker
Inscription. Started in 1848 and completed in 1853, extended 58 miles west from Milwaukee on a course roughly paralleling State Street past the Frederick Miller Plank Road Brewery through Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, and Oconomowoc to Watertown. The $110,000 road of white oak planks provided a route for farm products, wood, lime, and passenger vehicles. It cut roundtrip travel time to three days, all at a toll of about one cent a mile.
 
Erected 1955 by Milwaukee County Historical Society. (Marker Number 36.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.525′ N, 87° 57.752′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West State Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Menomonee Valley Campsites (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Merrill Park (approx. half a mile away); Allan H. Selig (approx. one mile away); Milwaukee Road Shops (approx. one mile away);
Watertown Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, circa September 11, 2009
2. Watertown Plank Road Marker
Henry Aaron (approx. one mile away); In Honor of the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers of the American League (approx. one mile away); Robin Yount (approx. one mile away); St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 728 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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