“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near West Salem in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Hamlin Garland

Hamlin Garland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
1. Hamlin Garland Marker
Inscription. Gifted author of this region, Hamlin Garland was born at West Salem September 14, 1860, and died March 4, 1940. His ashes rest in the Garland family plot in Neshonoc cemetery, heart of the Coulee Country immortalized in his books, “Trailmakers of the Middle Border,” “A Son of the Middle Border,” “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” and “Backtrailers from the Middle Border.” These biographical novels depict the pioneer life of his forefathers, the Garlands and McClintocks, tell of his boyhood on the farm in Green's Coulee near Onalaska and the increasing hardships endured by his family as they moved westward. He describes his life in the East as a struggling young author and the recognition and success which came to him. Garland was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918, and in 1920 his book “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as the best biography of the year. In 1893 Garland provided a home for his aging parents in West Salem, a study for himself where he continued to write, and a summer home for his wife and small daughters.
Erected 1960 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 101.)
Marker series. This marker is included
Hamlin Garland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. Hamlin Garland Marker
in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 54.732′ N, 91° 4.561′ W. Marker is near West Salem, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is on State Highway 16 east of State Highway 108, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at Swarthout Lakeside Park. Marker is in this post office area: West Salem WI 54669, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Neshonoc (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hamlin Garland (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Mindoro Cut (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Valley View Site (approx. 7 miles away); Luther College (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Driftless Area (approx. 8.2 miles away); Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Coulee Region (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Salem.
Also see . . .  Hamlin Garland. (Submitted on July 6, 2008.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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