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

The Yellowstone Trail

The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
1. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
Inscription. Before there were numbered highways in the United States there were names attached to roads to help motorists navigate from town to town or from county to county. In 1912 no one thought in terms of an inter-state highway. However, a small band of men including J.W. Parmley of Ipswitch, South Dakota, envisioned a road from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts to Puget Sound, Washington and called it the Yellowstone trail. They wanted good roads to travel on and formed the Yellowstone Trail Association in October of 1912 which remained active until 1930.

The Yellowstone Trail Association did not build roads. It lobbied for "good roads" in every level of government and provided instructions to local people for the construction and maintenance of roads. They promoted cross-country tourist traffic, marked the route with signs and provided maps raising the interest in using the automobile for other than local travel.

The Yellowstone Trail began in South Dakota and quickly expanded east to St. Paul, Minnesota, and west to Yellowstone Park in Montana. By 1914 it extended to the Idaho border and east to Chicago. By 1917, the entire route was firmly established coast to coast.

The Yellowstone Trail passed 406 miles through Wisconsin from Kenosha to Hudson covering 18 counties. From the east the road entered Chippewa County
The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
2. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
along what is now County Highway X into Stanley past this very site, onward through Cadott, westward to Lake Wissota. The road then turned onto what is now County Highway J west to Chippewa Falls along Park Avenue and County Highway J south to Eau Claire.

With the construction of new highways and the advent of a federal numbering system, this transcontinental road finally faded in the 1930's.

A new Yellowstone Trail Association has now been formed in 2003 to increase public knowledge about the Trail and to promote heritage tourism. Thanks in part to a small group of visionaries in central Wisconsin and in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, motorists can now once again experience this storied piece of American history.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #12

Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 12.)
Location. 44° 57.591′ N, 90° 56.212′ W. Marker is in Stanley, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on East 1st Avenue east of South Broadway Street (County Highway H), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley WI 54768, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker
Historic Yellowstone Trail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
3. Historic Yellowstone Trail and Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Veteran's Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); M-1900 Seacoast Ordnance (within shouting distance of this marker); D.R. Moon Memorial Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edson Union Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Worden Church of the Brethren (approx. 6 miles away); Liberty Tree Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); St. Hedwig's / Poznan Colony (approx. 8.6 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker about the Yellowstone Trail located in Cadott, Wisconsin.
Also see . . .  The Yellowstone Trail. The Yellowstone Trail Association. (Submitted on May 4, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 660 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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