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

The Yellowstone Trail

1912–1930

 
 
The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
1. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
photo captions:
[counterclockwise]

Adding YT colors to pole near Cadott
Last known remaining Trail marker in Wisconsin – Right turn at Owen
Les Bowen, Curtiss, remembers the Trail, his hotel and bar, and his days of trucking on the Trail
This heritage sign is dedicated in loving memory to Julie Ann Holtzheimer ˇ December 18, 1967 - March 12, 1998 by her family and friends.
The reason for the Good Roads movement
Inscription. The first coast-to-coast auto route across the northern tier of states.

"A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound"

Before 1912 Railroads dominated long distance transportation. Local roads were dust and mud. There was little help from government so owners of the newly arrived autos rose to the challenge.

1912 Small town businessmen from South Dakota formed the Yellowstone Trail Association to "get out of the mud" and to pressure counties to build usable automobile roads.
They named the transcontinental auto road Yellowstone to draw tourists along it to the national park. Roads and autos were crude and travel was tough. With no maps tourists relied on guide books and yellow rocks to find their way.

1915 The Yellowstone Trail was extended across Wisconsin and reached both coasts by 1917. Yellow and black signs were posted across the country. In 1929, it was Wisconsin's first cross-state highway to be concrete.

Until 1930 Hundreds of towns supported the famous Yellowstone Trail. The Association created free campgrounds, travel bureaus, and publications to help the traveler.

1930 Route numbering (now an international system but created by the State of Wisconsin in 1918) reduced the need for named roads. Then the Depression
The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
2. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
A yellow-painted rock with an arrow is below the marker.
spelled the end for all trail associations.

Yellowstone Trail in central Wisconsin [map]
 
Erected 2006 by John and Alice Ridge, (modern) Yellowstone Trail Association.
 
Location. 44° 57.316′ N, 90° 26.06′ W. Marker is in Curtiss, Wisconsin, in Clark County. Marker is on North Meridian Street (County Highway E) north of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Curtiss Community Center, formerly the Curtiss School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1107 Meridian Street, Curtiss WI 54422, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of The Big White Pine (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); S.S. Dorchester Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dorchester Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Home of Colby Cheese (approx. 6.7 miles away); Samuel Hartford (approx. 14 miles away); Mormon Settlements (approx. 15.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Yellowstone Trail. (Submitted on June 9, 2011.)
2. HMdb. Other markers in the database about the Yellowstone Trail. (Submitted on June 9, 2011.) 

3. Bell History
The Yellowstone Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
3. The Yellowstone Trail Marker
. Bowlden Bell, made by the American Bell & Foundry Co. (Submitted on June 9, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Nearby Sign along Yellowstone Trail image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
4. Nearby Sign along Yellowstone Trail
[Meridian Street near East North Street/Willow Road]
Nearby Yellowstone Trail Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
5. Nearby Yellowstone Trail Sign
[West Virch Street/Willow Road near Meridian Street]

Yellowstone Trail
www.yellowstonetrail.org
Historic National Automobile Route
Copyright 2004, John Wm. Ridge
Yellowstone Trail Sign and Painted Rock image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
6. Yellowstone Trail Sign and Painted Rock
[Curtiss Park and Rest Area; Meridian Street]
Nearby Bell and Date Stone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
7. Nearby Bell and Date Stone
[Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran;
1131 Meridian Street]


Ev. Luth. St. Pauls Kirche [Church]
U.A.C. Gegr. 1905
Unaltered Augsburg Confession, Gegründet [founded]
Close-up of Yoke image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2011
8. Close-up of Yoke

American Bell Foundry Co.
No. 36
Northville Mich ˇ U.S.A.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 9, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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