Greenfield in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Historic Root River / Root River Parkway
The Root River system began forming about 20,000 years ago when Wisconsinís glaciers began to retreat. Starting in eastern New Berlin, it flows through southwest Milwaukee County before entering Lake Michigan at the city of Racine (French for “root”). Teeming with fish and game, the river and its drainage area drew many Native Americans. The last, the Potawatomi, were here until their departure by treaty in the 1830s. Later residents of the area now within the city of Greenfield found “more than a bushel basket” of stone artifacts and a copper tool from ca. 3000-500 BC, “innumerable little Indian heads as short as an inch and the largest were 4-5 inches long,” as well as a trove of projectile points that was uncovered by a young boy during the 1950s.
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Root River Parkway
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Later 19th and early 20th century settlers struggled to farm here. During the mid-20th century, houses were built on areas of the floodplain, with many soon demolished following several subsequent floods. Charles Whitnall, the father of the Milwaukee County Parks System, included the Root River Parkway in his 1923 master plan. Land acquisitions during the New Deal era led to its creation as a major recreational resource. The Milwaukee
Erected 2014 by Wisconsin Historical Society and Greenfield Historic Society. (Marker Number 558.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 58.406′ N, 88° 3.104′ W. Marker is in Greenfield, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Beloit Road half a mile west of South 108th Street (Wisconsin Highway 100), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11000 West Beloit Road, Milwaukee WI 53228, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cold Spring Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1992 NASCAR Champion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Janesville Plank Road (approx. 2 miles away); St. Maryís Church and Cemetery Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hales Corners – A Farm Village (approx. 2.5 miles away); Turn of the Century Business District (approx. 2.5 miles away); Hales Corners – A Suburb (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenfield.
Additional keywords. WPA, CCC
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 11, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.