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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Adjacent to Kenosha County, Wisconsin
▶ Racine County (37) ▶ Walworth County (18) ▶ Lake County, Illinois (61) ▶ McHenry County, Illinois (36) ▶ Allegan County, Michigan (51)
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|Thomas B. Jeffery purchased the 1895 Sterling Bicycle Factory and pioneered Kenosha’s auto industry in 1900. His company was an industry leader, creating the second mass produced auto in 1902. Jeffery was the first auto manufacturer to make all . . . — — Map (db m38570) HM|
Actor and Director
May 6, 1915 – Oct. 10, 1985 — — Map (db m65979) HM|
In honor of
Capt. David Leet
S Sgt. James Van Bendegom
Missing In Action
Vietnam War — — Map (db m68531) HM|
[Title is text]
City of Kenosha Landmark #22 — — Map (db m68507) HM|
In honor of the brave men
of Kenosha County, who
victoriously defended the
Union on land and sea
during the War of the
1861 - 1865. — — Map (db m68501) WM|
| On Feb. 24, 1845, as Territorial Legislator, he secured enactment of law authorizing free public education in Southport only. As a result first free school in the Union outside of New England opened in Southport, now Kenosha, June 18, 1845. This . . . — — Map (db m38252) HM|
|Native American canoes launched America’s maritime legacy about 12,000 years ago, making them among the world’s oldest watercraft.
Ancient dugout canoes are occasionally preserved when environmental conditions are just right. The canoe above . . . — — Map (db m57837) HM|
|This historical landmark is dedicated to the worship of God, and to the promotion of Christian knowledge and charity
Chris George Builder
Kenosha Landmarks Commission
Kenosha County Historical Society — — Map (db m38117) HM|
|Dedicated May 30, 1900
This library building a gift of Zalmon G. Simmons to the citizens of Kenosha as a memorial to his son Gilbert M. Simmons (1852-1890)
His vision and generosity were appreciated by the pioneer town he believed in and . . . — — Map (db m38118) HM|
|Pioneer Road Chicago to Green Bay
Established by the Federal Government 1832 — — Map (db m66623) HM|
In memory of
who located Kenosha June 12, 1835
and was one of its founders — — Map (db m38254) HM|
|John McCaffary was hanged in Kenosha on August 21, 1851, for the murder of his wife and buried here in an unmarked grave. Public outrage over his execution resulted in legislation that abolished the death penalty in Wisconsin on July 12, 1853. — — Map (db m38121) HM|
|As early as 1795, the Potawatomi had a mile- long village on the Pike River near here. Fur trader Jacques Vieau Sr.’s son, Peter, wrote the village was called “Kee-neau-sha-Kau-ning,” meaning “the pickerel’s abiding place,” . . . — — Map (db m165520) HM|
|Kemper Hall, boarding school for girls, dates to 1855 when St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and some dedicated Kenosha citizens signed a charter launching the Kenosha Female Seminary. In 1865, the school moved to this site, the home of U.S. Senator . . . — — Map (db m38122) HM|
|Built by the federal government in 1866, the Kenosha Lighthouse replaces two other lighthouses constructed at this site in 1848 and 1858. Originally designated a coast and harbor light for Southport, now Kenosha, WI provided the first navigational . . . — — Map (db m147376) HM|
Kenosha County Courthouse
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Kenosha County . . . — — Map (db m69217) HM|
| For God and Country
in grateful tribute to
those who served in the
Armed Forces of the
"Greater love hath
no man than this.
That a man lay
down his life
for his friends"
Duties are . . . — — Map (db m38257) WM|
"The Forgotten War"
This memorial is dedicated to all U.S. military veterans that served in the fight for freedom against the Communist forces on the Korean Peninsula.
"You Are Not Forgotten" — — Map (db m68551) WM|
In honor of the brave
Soldiers and Sailors
who fought to save the Union
in the Rebellion
1861 to 1865. — — Map (db m38256) HM|
In memory of
Capt. John J. Frost
Dedicated in memory of departed shipmates of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard of Kenosha County . . . — — Map (db m68581) HM|
In tribute to those who served in
Desert Shield / Storm
D. I. M. E. S.
Duties in the Middle East Support
Coat of Arms Post 2751
Veterans of Foreign Wars,
the Citizens of Kenosha County
July 4, 1992 . . . — — Map (db m68568) WM|
In memory of these men
who gave their lives at
Pearl Harbor and other bases
December 7, 1941
[Roll of Honored Dead
from the State of Wisconsin] — — Map (db m68582) WM|
|Deming was born in Vermont in 1789 and came to the Village of Southport, later renamed Kenosha, in 1836. Deming was a Methodist preacher and a staunch supporter of the anti-slavery movement. For Methodists, slavery was considered the worst of social . . . — — Map (db m38119) HM|
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Born April 1757 in Stratford, CT, Abner Barlow moved to NH in 1772. At 20, Barlow enlisted as private in the NH Rangers, serving in Maj. Whitcomb’s Independent Corps at the Battle of Bennington and the surrender of Burgoyne, . . . — — Map (db m38240) HM|
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Erected in honor of Z.G. Simmons and his heirs whose generosity made possible this public park.
This park is a perpetual memorial to Kenosha's public spirited citizens and as years go by a lasting source of pleasure to Kenosha men women and . . . — — Map (db m68516) HM|
|This boulder is placed by the Kenosha Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the site of the first free school outside of New England in the Union. It was opened June 18, 1845. The pioneers in this work were: Michael Frank . . . — — Map (db m69637) HM|
|In 1923 the Kenosha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated the Pine Creek settlement of 1835 by placing a plaque on the tower of the 6th Avenue lift bridge. This marker is now given its own special place on Simmons Island. . . . — — Map (db m65973) HM|
|Erected in 1873
Oldest original church building in Kenosha — — Map (db m56831) HM|
|Was built ten yards west of this site by the Society of Methodists in 1840 — — Map (db m56830) HM|
[Title is text]
Anchor donated by Sgt. Richard Mickelsen — — Map (db m68580) WM|
Kenoshans have fought and died in seven wars, leaving a legacy of courage and devotion, and a selfless contribution to our survival as a free nation.
This boulder is from a World War Two battle area near the city of Naha, Okinawa. The sand is . . . — — Map (db m68567) HM WM|
It is to the members of our Armed Forces from the City and County of Kenosha who sacrificed their lives defending our freedom that this memorial is dedicated. It stands as a tribute to all of our veterans.
[Roll of Honored Dead]
Mexican War . . . — — Map (db m68584) HM WM|
|Over 12,000 years ago, Native Americans slaughtered a Northern Woolly Mammoth in a small lake near this site. Between 1992-93, the Kenosha Public Museum excavated the site and concluded that the woolly mammoth stood at 11 feet and weighed 14,000 . . . — — Map (db m38569) HM|
|Wisconsin women rallied to support the Union during the Civil War. They became nurses, hospital matrons, sanitary agents, and ministers. Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey attained national prominence for her role in promoting convalescent aid for sick and . . . — — Map (db m36392) HM|
|Green Bay Road was the main route of settlement and communication in 19th century eastern Wisconsin. The road followed an ancient Indian trail network and was surveyed for use as a military road between Fort Dearborn (Chicago) and Fort Howard (Green . . . — — Map (db m66625) HM|
|In 1673, thirty-nine years after Jean Nicolet visited the Green Bay area, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet set out from New France to explore the Mississippi River. They traveled from the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and . . . — — Map (db m36671) HM|
|The 32nd Division was organized in 1917. Originally it was made up of National Guardsmen from Wisconsin and Michigan.
World War I: Fought in Alsace, Aisne-Marne, Olse-Aisne and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. Vanquished 23 German Divisions. Served in . . . — — Map (db m36339) HM|
|In the 1800’s, before assigning names to roads was a common practice, intersections were often given names to identify communities and places of interest.
The trail through Brass Ball Corners started at Lake Michigan and went west through Lake . . . — — Map (db m114066) HM|