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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Location of Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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|Two subdivisions, the oldest in the Village, are included in this 2.1 mile tour. The one square block Scholz subdivision at Hwy 100 and Janesville Rd. was recorded in 1904, the year the Rapid Transit train came through Hales Corners. Milwaukee . . . — — Map (db m83956) HM|
|Native Americans were the earliest inhabitants of Hales Corners. In 1833 the Potawatomi, who possessed the land at the time, relinquished their rights in a treaty with the U.S. Government.
Settlers soon came. Seneca Hale claimed land here in . . . — — Map (db m76039) HM|
|Tradition says the first business in Hales Corners dates back to 1834 when a log cabin close to this spot served as a home, a store and an inn. It was later named the Western Hotel. In 1847-48, William Shields owned the land, and on it Simon . . . — — Map (db m83955) HM|
|The arrival in 1903 of the Rapid Transit, an electric train, marked the beginning of the transition of Hales Corners from a farm village to a suburban community. People began to build their homes in the village with the intention of commuting to . . . — — Map (db m83954) HM|
|Saint Mary’s, the oldest church in the area, has a recorded history dating from 1842. At that time Father Patrick O’Kelley was the priest in attendance and a log church had been constructed on the present cemetery site. The second church, a frame . . . — — Map (db m76063) HM|
|The German Evangelical Church
The first Protestant church in hales Corners was founded here in 1888 on land purchased from William Cobb. Services were held in German until that language became unpopular during World War I. The minister at . . . — — Map (db m76040) HM|
|Hales Corners grew into a Village after the Civil War. New homes & businesses were established along the Janesville Plank Road, the most important road in the Village.
Adam Conrad erected an opera house at this approximate location on the . . . — — Map (db m76062) HM|