Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Fort Howard Story
Green Bay's Fort Howard,
—Fox River Trail —
as well as Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, was built following the War of 1812 to establish a U.S. presence in the Wisconsin territory and strategically cut off British access to trade routes. The forts were also used to construct Wisconsin's military roads and to negotiate treaties with the American Indian populations.
Augustin Grignon guided U.S. troops down through the Great Lakes and into the Bay in 1816 to the location where Fort Howard was to be built, directly across the river from here. Menominee Chief Tomah made peace between the pro-British American residents and the U.S. troops so that construction of the fort could begin.
The fort stood for many years as a protector and social center for the area residents. But while the troops were there to manage and protect the waterways, many felt no one group should control there use. John Penn Arndt, a well-respected local merchant, built a ferry for his customers to cross the river from his inn on the east side to the fort on the west side. In doing this, he sparked a court battle that forever changed policy and opened the waterways to all.
Perhaps the most famous resident of Fort Howard was Zachory Taylor, who served as an early commander of the fort. Taylor later became the twelfth U.S. President (1848-50).
Fort Howard was briefly
Original 1830's Fort Howard buildings that can now be seen at Heritage Hill State Historical Park are the Fort Howard Hospital and a structure being used as the Company Kitchen I and Orderly Room.
Location. 44° 31.098′ N, 88° 0.844′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 141) and North Washington Street. Touch for map. Located on the Fox River Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Green Bay WI 54301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Green Bay Road (a few steps from this marker); Downtown Green Bay (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Howard Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Port of Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); September 11, 2001 Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel Northland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zachary Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexis De Tocqueville (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
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Also see . . .
1. Fort Howard. Heritage Hill State Historical Park (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Fox River Trail. (Submitted on June 27, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,137 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on June 27, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 24, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.