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Hales Corners in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 6, 2014
1. Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community Marker
Inscription. Native Americans were the earliest inhabitants of Hales Corners. In 1833 the Potawatomi, who possessed the land at the time, relinquished their rights in a treaty with the U.S. Government.

Settlers soon came. Seneca Hale claimed land here in 1837 and began farming. In 1840 he and his wife, Helena, bought their 160 acre parcel (a full quarter section) for $1.25 per acre. Their land lay southwest of this point. William Hale, brother of Seneca, claimed the quarter section northwest of here in 1838. He and his wife, Bridget, were the parents of the first baby born to a settler in Hales Corners. William became the first postmaster in 1854, and it is said that the village is named for him. Ebenezer Hale, father of Seneca and William, bought the quarter section on which you stand, 1n 1838.

Forest Home Avenue and Janesville Road (formerly known as the Janesville Plank Road) form two sides of what is commonly called the Triangle. These roads followed old Indian trails. For many years, the Janesville Plank Road was the only road between Hales Corners and Milwaukee.

The South side Hotel, built on the Triangle in 1848, served as an overnight stop for farmers hauling wheat and produce to market, for settlers pushing west, and for miners from southwestern Wisconsin hauling lead ore to the port. In 1899 Otto Neussel
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 6, 2014
2. Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community
Looking east along West Forest Home Avenue.
replaced it with a large 2 1/2 story hotel that dominated the Triangle until 1960.

The first four schools in Hales Corners were built in succession on the Triangle, on land that is now part of Highway 100. The last of the old schools, (converted to a private residence in later years), plus homes and businesses, were acquired by the state in the late 1950s. By 1960 the Triangle, the heart of Hales Corners, had been cleared of buildings and substantially reduced to the present size to make room for highway development.
 
Erected by Hales Corners Historical Society. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 42° 56.179′ N, 88° 2.835′ W. Marker is in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Forest Home Avenue ¼ mile east of South 108th Street (Wisconsin Highway 100), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10731 West Forest Home Avenue, Hales Corners WI 53130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The German Evangelical Church / Brach’s Animal Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Hales Corners – A Suburb (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hales Corners – A Farm Village
Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 6, 2014
3. Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community
Looking west along West Forest Home Avenue.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Turn of the Century Business District (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Village Emerges! (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. 1.3 miles away); Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hales Corners.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 6, 2014
4. Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community
"The Triangle" mentioned in the marker text.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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