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Historical Markers in Vernon County, Wisconsin

 
Clickable Map of Vernon County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Vernon County, WI (27) Crawford County, WI (24) Juneau County, WI (20) La Crosse County, WI (54) Monroe County, WI (20) Richland County, WI (15) Sauk County, WI (59) Allamakee County, IA (3) Houston County, MN (3)  VernonCounty(27) Vernon County (27)  CrawfordCounty(24) Crawford County (24)  JuneauCounty(20) Juneau County (20)  LaCrosseCounty(54) La Crosse County (54)  MonroeCounty(20) Monroe County (20)  RichlandCounty(15) Richland County (15)  SaukCounty(59) Sauk County (59)  AllamakeeCountyIowa(3) Allamakee County (3)  HoustonCountyMinnesota(3) Houston County (3)
Viroqua is the county seat for Vernon County
Adjacent to Vernon County, Wisconsin
      Crawford County (24)  
      Juneau County (20)  
      La Crosse County (54)  
      Monroe County (20)  
      Richland County (15)  
      Sauk County (59)  
      Allamakee County, Iowa (3)  
      Houston County, Minnesota (3)  
 
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1Wisconsin, Vernon County, Coon Valley — 31 — Nation's First Watershed Project
On U.S. 14/61, 0.1 miles west of Brye Lane, on the right when traveling west.
This point is near the center of the 90,000 acre Coon Creek Watershed, the nation's first large-scale demonstration of soil and water conservation. The area was selected for this purpose by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (then . . . Map (db m33321) HM
2Wisconsin, Vernon County, De Soto — 33 — Battle of Bad Axe
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 2.5 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the right when traveling north.
After holding off his pursuers at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights (about 1½ miles south of present Sauk City) Black Hawk led his people over unfamiliar country toward the Mississippi. In the meantime, the Army alerted Fort Crawford at Prairie . . . Map (db m23630) HM
3Wisconsin, Vernon County, De Soto — 8 CVP — Black Hawk WarBattle Bluff · Battle Hollow · Battle Island
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 2.5 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the right when traveling north.
Battle Bluff ↑ Elv 1139ft Battle Hollow → Severe fighting 1 mile east between Gen. Henry's 300 Ill. militia and 300 Sac Indians Aug. 2 1832. ← Battle Island Hard fighting opposite. 1200 white soldiers . . . Map (db m24501) HM
4Wisconsin, Vernon County, De Soto — 216 — Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.4 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the left when traveling north.
Win-no-shik, the Elder, was a notable chief of the Winnebago. On a treaty signed February 27, 1855, at Washington, D. C., his signature reads "Wau-kon-chaw-koo-haw, or the Coming Thunder, or Win-no-shik." Win-no-shik was promoted to the rank . . . Map (db m23518) HM
5Wisconsin, Vernon County, De Soto — 6 CVP — Head of Battle Isle
Near County Road BI, 1.9 miles west of Great River Road (State Highway 35).
← Head of Battle Isle. _____________________ On the eve of Aug. 1, 1832, Black Hawk and his men with a flag of truce, went to the head of this island to sur- render to the captain of steamer "Warrior." Whites on . . . Map (db m32351) HM
6Wisconsin, Vernon County, De Soto — 9 CVP — Winneshiek’s Landing1820 · 1854
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.4 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the left when traveling north.
Named De Soto 1855. The first Winnebago chief Winneshiek fought with British at Mackinac 1812, at Sandusky 1813 and helped McKay take Prairie du Chien from U.S. in 1814. He died at Lansing Iowa in 1848. Legend since 1855 claims his burial . . . Map (db m24712) HM
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7Wisconsin, Vernon County, Genoa — 76 — Dams on the Mississippi
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.3 miles south of Main Street (State Highway 56), on the left when traveling south.
Lock and Dam No. 8 at Genoa, 679.2 miles above the mouth of the Ohio River, is set on a foundation of sand, gravel and broken rock. It has a 110 foot wide chamber and an 11 foot lift from the lower to the upper pool. Construction of the dam cost . . . Map (db m23406) HM
8Wisconsin, Vernon County, Genoa — 223 — La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor
On Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.3 miles south of Main Street (State Highway 56), on the left when traveling south.
In 1961, the Joint Congressional Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) approved Dairyland Power Cooperative's proposal to construct and operate Wisconsin's first nuclear-fueled power plant. This reactor was part of a pilot program to demonstrate the . . . Map (db m36397) HM
9Wisconsin, Vernon County, Genoa — 223 — Wisconsin's First Nuclear-Fueled Electric Generating Station
Near Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.8 miles south of Main Street (State Highway 56), on the right when traveling south. Reported missing.
Dairyland Power Cooperative in April of 1961, was designated by the Joint Congressional Atomic Energy Commission as eligible to construct and operate a nuclear-fueled electric power plant as a research and development pilot installation. On June 8, . . . Map (db m23557) HM
10Wisconsin, Vernon County, Hillsboro — 79 — Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U.S. Navy
On Lake Street (State Highway 33/82) 0.1 miles west of Elm Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U. S. Navy, pioneer in naval aviation and Commander of Naval Air Task Force 58, famed for its destruction of Japanese sea power in World War II, was born in Hillsboro, January 26, 1887. A 1910 graduate of the U. S. Naval . . . Map (db m18729) HM
11Wisconsin, Vernon County, Hillsboro — 383 — African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley
Near Elm Street, 0.1 miles north of Water Avenue (Wisconsin Highway 80), on the left when traveling north.
The Cheyenne Valley area near Hillsboro was Wisconsin’s largest rural African American settlement in the 19th century. The State’s early defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the later demise of the slavery system after the Civil War . . . Map (db m151602) HM
12Wisconsin, Vernon County, Hillsboro — Mt. Vernon Cemetery Civil War Memorial
Near Water Avenue (State Highway 80) east of Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Erected To The Memory Of The Boys Of 1861—1865Map (db m41996) HM
13Wisconsin, Vernon County, La Farge — 574 — Bridge 13
On Old Highway 131 Trail (County Road P), on the right when traveling north.
Bridge 13 is one of the few remaining examples of a metal truss bridge in Wisconsin. Referred to by engineers as a Warren Truss, this truss type is distinguished by its angled cross-members. Metal trusses became popular in the late 19th century for . . . Map (db m147767) HM
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14Wisconsin, Vernon County, Liberty Pole — 1 CVP — John McCulloch
On Hornby Hollow Road west of Wisconsin Highway 27/82, on the right when traveling west.
Near here John McCulloch in 1844 Erected the First Permanent Cabin in this County. He Sold in 1852, went to Calif.; died on Plains 1853. ________________________ Sept. 4, 1848 Democratic Nominating Conven– tion . . . Map (db m31919) HM
15Wisconsin, Vernon County, Ontario — St. Patrick Parish
On Irish Ridge Road, 0.5 miles west of Parker Road, on the left when traveling west.
In 1867-68, at this site, on land donated by Patrick Donohoe in 1861, early Irish immigrants built a white frame church dedicated to St. Patrick. The location was called "Bad Axe" the original name of Vernon County. The Church was dedicated in . . . Map (db m39239) HM
16Wisconsin, Vernon County, Ontario — The Kickapoo River Valley
Near State Highway 33, 0.8 miles north of County Road F, on the right when traveling north.
The Kickapoo River Watershed covers four counties in Wisconsin: Monroe, Vernon, Richland and Crawford. The Kickapoo River flows through many towns from Wilton to Wauzeka on its way to the Wisconsin River. Its tributaries cover over 500 miles. This . . . Map (db m40208) HM
17Wisconsin, Vernon County, Red Mound — 5 CVP — Black Hawks Outpost
On County Highway UU, 0.8 miles west of Orlando Road, on the left when traveling west.
August 2 1832 twenty picked Sacs were station- ed here to decoy the US Army northward and per- mit the Indian main body with women and children to escape across the riv- er. Fourteen of the out- post were shot here wh- ile . . . Map (db m32171) HM
18Wisconsin, Vernon County, Retreat — 4 CVP — Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail
On State Highway 82 at Anderson Ridge Road, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 82.
Two trails across Dr. Bean's door yard, the Black Hawk Retreat and the Winnebago Trail which ran from Winne- shiek's (De Soto) village to large Winnebago town above the forks of the Kickapoo at Manning prior to 1840. . . . Map (db m32170) HM
19Wisconsin, Vernon County, Retreat — Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial
Near County Highway N near Gilman Road, on the left when traveling east.
Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial In Honor of Those Who Have Served [names]Map (db m40186) HM
20Wisconsin, Vernon County, Rockton — Rockton Mill Stones- 1883 -
On State Highway 131 at Lisney Road, on the left when traveling south on State Highway 131.
In memory of Van S. Bennett Arnold Widmer - Frank Widmer who purchased and used these stonesMap (db m44497) HM
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21Wisconsin, Vernon County, Victory — 7 CVP — Site of Red Bird's VillageJune 28, 1827
On The Great River Road (State Highway 35) 2.1 miles north of County Highway UU, on the left when traveling north.
First Battle of the Bad Ax was fought opposite, between 37 Winnebagos, on Minnesota and Wisconsin islands, and crew of keel boat O.H. Perry grounded on sandbar. Fatalities: 4 whites, 7 Indians. The same day Red Bird killed Lip Cap and Gagnier at . . . Map (db m24305) HM
22Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua — 83 — Governor Rusk
On North Main Street (U.S. 14/61) 0.1 miles south of County Highway BB, on the right when traveling north.
Jeremiah McLain Rusk, who owned and lived on this farm, was born June 17, 1830 in Deerfield, Ohio. In 1853 he moved to Viroqua. He served with distinction in the Civil War and in the United States Congress. As Governor (1882-1889) Rusk gained . . . Map (db m31729) HM
23Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua — Jeremiah McLain Rusk
Near Southeast Avenue at Hickory Street.
Jeremiah Mc Lain Rusk. Born June 17, 1830. Died November 21, 1893. Entered U.S. Vol. Army July, 1862, as Major of 25th. Wisc. Infantry. Brevetted Col. and Brigadier General of U.S. Vol's March, 1865. "For Gallant and . . . Map (db m32721) HM
24Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua — Lucy Stone
On North Rock Avenue south of Church Street, on the right when traveling south.
Here July 4, 1856 Lucy Stone "Morning Star of the Woman's Rights movement" delivered the first woman's rights address and anti slavery speech ever given by a woman in the great northwest. The platform broke down. Rising unhurt she cried "So will . . . Map (db m31939) HM
25Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua — 424 — Viroqua's First Settler
Near North Main Street (U.S. 14/61) north of West Decker Street (State Highway 56).
In 1846, Moses Decker came to the Wisconsin Territory seeking land. He purchased 160 acres and built a log cabin at, what is now, 207 North Main Street. In 1850, he plotted the village which became Viroqua and built a second log cabin that served as . . . Map (db m31628) HM
26Wisconsin, Vernon County, West Prairie — 2 CVP — Black Hawk Trail
On State Highway 82, 0.8 miles west of Fortner Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
On night of August 1 and 2 1832, Gen. Atkinson's army of 1200 mounted men in pursuit of Black Hawk encamped on this area from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. The spring from which men and horse drank is 140 rods northwest. No. 2 CVP . . . Map (db m32114) HM
27Wisconsin, Vernon County, West Prairie — 3 CVP — Black Hawk Trail
On State Highway 82, 0.8 miles west of Fortner Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
At shallow pond 115 rods due south Blackhawk's 700 Sac Indians encamped July 31 1832. Soldiers found six decrepit Indians there and "left them behind." Lee Sterling in 1846 found a handfull of silver brooches there. Hence . . . Map (db m32117) HM
 
 
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Feb. 7, 2023