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Weekends are for wandering Wisconsin. That's what Rick, my guy, and I do. Occasionally we wander during the week, too. Sometimes we just drop in on other people's lives.

This blog is my way of sharing where we've been, neat places and things to do that we've found.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Signs of History - Part I

I’m always on the lookout for historical markers as we wander Wisconsin. Reading about the person, place, or event that the sign commemorates is an enjoyable way to become familiar with some of the stories about our state that are not covered in the text books. More than 500 markers are scattered throughout Wisconsin – from the “beginning” in the southwest corner to its tip on Madeline Island. 

The Peshtigo Fire occurred at the same time as the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1871. But did you know about the fire in Phillips that swept through that town three years later?
Many people - especially those who are not from Wisconsin - think of the Sierra Club or the national parks when they hear the name of John Muir. However, Muir's environmental ethic was probably shaped near Portage where he lived with his family until he entered the University of Wisconsin in his early 20s.
Wisconsin is known for its waters and not just its water parks. Rivers have played an important role in early Wisconsin history so it makes sense that historical markers would be dedicated to our state's magnificent waterways. 

To this day, the Wisconsin River is still important.
We’ve learned a great deal about Wisconsin just by stopping to examine the signs along the way.

1 comment:

  1. Thank You, Jeanne ... your pictures and your comments are incredible reminders of the beautiful state we ex-pats have left behind. To be honest, they make me homesick from time to time. Beautiful and thought provoking, Keep up the excellent work. I am already looking forward to the next one.