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By Keith L, July 19, 2010
Nation's First Watershed Project Marker
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Coon Valley — 31 — Nation's First Watershed Project
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), De Soto — 33 — Battle of Bad Axe
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), De Soto — 8 CVP — Black Hawk WarBattle Bluff · Battle Hollow · Battle Island
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), De Soto — 216 — Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), De Soto — 6 CVP — Head of Battle Isle
← 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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), De Soto — 9 CVP — Winneshiek’s Landing1820 · 1854
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Genoa — 76 — Dams on the Mississippi
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Genoa — 223 — La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Genoa — 223 — Wisconsin's First Nuclear-Fueled Electric Generating Station
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Hillsboro — 79 — Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, U.S. Navy
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Hillsboro — 383 — African American Settlers of Cheyenne Valley
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 m36398) HM
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Hillsboro — Mt. Vernon Cemetery Civil War Memorial
Erected To The Memory Of The Boys Of 1861—1865 — Map (db m41996) HM
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Liberty Pole — 1 CVP — John McCulloch
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Ontario — St. Patrick Parish
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Ontario — The Kickapoo River Valley
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Red Mound — 5 CVP — Black Hawks Outpost
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Retreat — 4 CVP — Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Retreat — Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial
Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial In Honor of Those Who Have Served [names]Map (db m40186) HM
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Rockton — Rockton Mill Stones- 1883 -
In memory of Van S. Bennett Arnold Widmer - Frank Widmer who purchased and used these stones — Map (db m44497) HM
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Victory — 7 CVP — Site of Red Bird's VillageJune 28, 1827
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Viroqua — 83 — Governor Rusk
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Viroqua — Jeremiah McLain Rusk
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Viroqua — Lucy Stone
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), Viroqua — 424 — Viroqua's First Settler
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), West Prairie — 2 CVP — Black Hawk Trail
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
Wisconsin (Vernon County), West Prairie — 3 CVP — Black Hawk Trail
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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