Elroy - Sparta State Trail

Elroy - Sparta State Trail (HMC9Z)

Location: Kendall, WI 54638 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 47.6', W 90° 22.129'

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This 32 mile state trail was formerly the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The conversion from "rail to trail" represented a new concept in recreational development. Utilizing the abandoned railbed, it was the first trail of its kind in the United States to be designated a National Recreational Trail by the United States Department of Interior. The trail is primarily used for bicycling, hiking and snowmobiling. Passing through scenic areas, it links the communities of Elroy, Kendall, Wilton, Norwalk and Sparta. Added attractions are its three tunnels, the longest being 3,833 feet. Train service began in 1873 as steam locomotives hauled grain, livestock and passengers. Rail service ended in 1964. The trail was established by the Department of Natural Resources in 1965 and opened to the public in 1967.
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HM NumberHMC9Z
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
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Marker Number253
Year Placed1979
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 711686 N 4852284
Decimal Degrees43.79333333, -90.36881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 47.6', W 90° 22.129'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 47' 36.00" N, 90° 22' 7.74" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 69 Elroy Sparta State Trail, Kendall WI 54638, US
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