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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near West Prairie in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Black Hawk Trail

 
 
Black Hawk Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Black Hawk Trail Marker
Inscription.
On night of August 1 and 2
1832, Gen. Atkinson's
army of 1200 mounted men
in pursuit of Black Hawk
encamped on this area
from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

The spring from which
men and horse drank
is 140 rods northwest.

No. 2 CVP 1930 S
 
Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter. (Marker Number 2 CVP.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War marker series.
 
Location. 43° 27.592′ N, 91° 3.739′ W. Marker is near West Prairie, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is on State Highway 82 0.8 miles west of Fortner Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Viroqua WI 54665, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (here, next to this marker); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Black Hawks Outpost (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different
Black Hawk Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Black Hawk Trail Marker
The marker is to the left.
marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 6 miles away); Winneshiek’s Landing (approx. 7.5 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder (approx. 7.5 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Historic Trail Markers Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Historic Trail Markers Sign
[map]

From this point General Atkinson sent, for the first time, the regular army in pursuit of Black Hawk. They, however, veered too far north, as they fell for Black Hawk's strategy, thus allowing the militia to encounter the Indians in Battle Hollow.

Grateful appreciation is given to Dr. C.V. Porter whose hard work and dedication preserved this segment of history for all.

Vernon County Historical Society
Wisconsin Humanities Committee
Wisconsin State Dept. of Transportation
Vernon County Highway Department


The State of Wisconsin recognizes Dr. Porter's markers as part of Vernon County history but does not condone the language or prejudicial inferences used on some of the markers. Dr. Porter used descriptive, interpretative language which he researched and felt was acceptable for his time.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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