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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Kenosha County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kenosha County, WI (39) Racine County, WI (37) Walworth County, WI (18) Lake County, IL (61) McHenry County, IL (36) Allegan County, MI (51)  KenoshaCounty(39) Kenosha County (39)  RacineCounty(37) Racine County (37)  WalworthCounty(18) Walworth County (18)  LakeCountyIllinois(61) Lake County (61)  McHenryCounty(36) McHenry County (36)  AlleganCountyMichigan(51) Allegan County (51)
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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1Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 473 — Auto Production in Kenosha
On 56th Street at 24th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 56th Street.
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
2Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Birthplace of Orson Welles
On 7th Avenue south of 61st Street, on the right when traveling south.
Birthplace of Orson Welles Actor and Director May 6, 1915 – Oct. 10, 1985Map (db m65979) HM
3Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Capt. David Leet and S Sgt. James Van Bendegom
In honor of Capt. David Leet 4-13-72 S Sgt. James Van Bendegom 7-12-67 Missing In Action Vietnam WarMap (db m68531) HM
4Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 22 — Charles Durkee Mansion1861
On 3rd Avenue at 65th Street, on the left when traveling south on 3rd Avenue.
[Title is text] City of Kenosha Landmark #22Map (db m68507) HM
5Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Civil War Memorial
On 59th Place west of 7th Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
In honor of the brave men of Kenosha County, who victoriously defended the Union on land and sea during the War of the Great Rebellion. 1861 - 1865.Map (db m68501) WM
6Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Colonel Michael FrankFather of Wisconsin Public Schools
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
7Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Early VesselsWisconsin's Maritime Trails
On First Avenue at 56th Street, on the right when traveling south on First Avenue.
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
8Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 118 — First Congregational ChurchOne-hundredth Anniversary — 1874-1974 —
On 8th Avenue at 60th Street, on the right when traveling south on 8th Avenue.
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 SocietyMap (db m38117) HM
9Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 110 — Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Near 59th Place.
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
10Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Green Bay Road
On Green Bay Road (State Highway 31) at Old Green Bay Road (County Route M), on the right when traveling north on Green Bay Road.
Pioneer Road Chicago to Green Bay Established by the Federal Government 1832Map (db m66623) HM
11Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — John Bullen
In memory of John Bullen who located Kenosha June 12, 1835 and was one of its foundersMap (db m38254) HM
12Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 465 — John McCaffery Burial Site
Near 7th Avenue 0.2 miles from 66th Street.
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
13Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 588 — Kee-neau-sha-Kau-ning
On 1st Avenue.
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
14Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 249 — Kemper Hall
Near 3rd Avenue 0.1 miles south of 65th Street.
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
15Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 437 — Kenosha (Southport) Lighthouse
On Lighthouse Drive, on the left when traveling south.
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
16Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 61 — Kenosha County Courthouse1923 - 25
On 56th Street at Sheridan Road (Wisconsin Highway 32), on the right when traveling west on 56th Street.
This property Kenosha County Courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ——————— Kenosha County . . . Map (db m69217) HM
17Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Kenosha Veterans Memorial
For God and Country Dedicated in grateful tribute to those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States "Greater love hath no man than this. That a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13 Duties are . . . Map (db m38257) WM
18Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Korean War MemorialKorea — 25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953 —
On 6th Avenue south of 52nd Street, on the right when traveling south.
"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
19Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Lovell G.A.R. Post 230 Civil War Memorial
In honor of the brave Soldiers and Sailors who fought to save the Union in the Rebellion 1861 to 1865.Map (db m38256) HM
20Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Naval MemorialDeparted Shipmates Remembered — Navy Memorial Park —
On 6th Avenue south of 52nd Street, on the left when traveling south.
In memory of Capt. John J. Frost USNR Retired WWII Korea Destroyer Duty ———————— Dedicated in memory of departed shipmates of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard of Kenosha County . . . Map (db m68581) HM
21Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Operations Desert Shield / Storm MemorialAugust 7, 1990 - February 28, 1991
On 6th Avenue at 52nd Street, on the right when traveling south on 6th Avenue.
In tribute to those who served in Operations Desert Shield / Storm Dedicated by D. I. M. E. S. Duties in the Middle East Support Coat of Arms Post 2751 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Citizens of Kenosha County July 4, 1992 . . . Map (db m68568) WM
22Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Remember Pearl Harbor
On 6th Avenue at 52nd Street (Wisconsin Highway 158), on the left when traveling south on 6th Avenue.
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
23Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 475 — Reuben Deming
On 7th Avenue at 61st Steet, on the left when traveling north on 7th Avenue.
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
24Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 507 — Revolutionary War Veterans
(Side A) 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
25Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — 79 — Simmon's [sic] Island Beach House1934-35
On Simmons Island Drive, on the right when traveling north.
. . . Map (db m68517) HM
26Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Simmons Island ParkDonated in 1917
On Simmons Island Road, on the right when traveling north.
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
27Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Site of the First Free School
On 11th Avenue at 58th Street, on the left when traveling south on 11th Avenue.
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
28Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Southport-Kenosha1835-1923
On Simmons Island Road 0.1 miles east of 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
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
29Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — St. Matthew’s Church
On 7th Avenue at 59th Place, on the right when traveling north on 7th Avenue.
Erected in 1873 Oldest original church building in KenoshaMap (db m56831) HM
30Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — The First Church in Kenosha
On 6th Avenue at 59th Street, on the right when traveling north on 6th Avenue.
Was built ten yards west of this site by the Society of Methodists in 1840Map (db m56830) HM
31Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — The United States Marine CorpsSemper Fidelis — In Memory Of —
On 6th Avenue south of 52nd Street, on the left when traveling south.
[Title is text] Anchor donated by Sgt. Richard MickelsenMap (db m68580) WM
32Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Veterans Memorial Fountain"This We Shall Remember"
On 6th Avenue at 52nd Street, on the right when traveling south on 6th Avenue.
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
33Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — War MemorialMay We Never Forget That Freedom Is Not Free
On 52nd Street (State Highway 158) at 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 52nd Street.
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
34Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Paris — 420 — Schaefer Mammoth Site
On 12th Street 1 mile west of 136th Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
35Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Pleasant Prairie — 305 — Cordelia A.P. Harvey
Near Interstate 94 at Wisconsin Highway 165.
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
36Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Pleasant Prairie — 378 — Green Bay Ethnic Trail
On Green Bay Road (State Highway 31) at 95th Street, on the right when traveling north on Green Bay Road.
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
37Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Pleasant Prairie — 219 — The Name “Wisconsin”
On Interstate 94 at Wisconsin Highway 165 on Interstate 94.
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
38Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Pleasant Prairie — 71 — Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway
On State Highway 32 0.5 miles north of State Highway 165, on the right when traveling north.
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
39Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Salem — 503 — Brass Ball Corners
On 75th Street (State Highway 50) at 256th Avenue (State Highway 83), on the left when traveling west on 75th Street.
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
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