Curtiss in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Yellowstone Trail
"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
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 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. Marker is at the Curtiss Community Center, formerly the Curtiss School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1107 Meridian Street, Curtiss WI 54422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. Bowlden Bell, made by the American Bell & Foundry Co. (Submitted on June 9, 2011.)
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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 744 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 9, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.