Brass Ball Corners

Brass Ball Corners (HMPT7)

Location: Salem, WI 53168 Kenosha County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 34.076', W 88° 6.957'

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In the 1800's, before assigning names to roads was a common practice, intersections were often given names to identify communities and places of interest.

The trail through Brass Ball Corners started at Lake Michigan and went west through Lake Geneva to Janesville. Farmers and merchants frequented the trail, hauling grain, furs and lead to the Port of Kenosha.

In 1842, farmer Seth Huntoon recognized a growing need for a place where travelers could rest. He built an inn on the northwest corner of a busy junction and then hung a wooden ball gilded in gold at the intersection. Because of its likeness to brass, the intersection came to be known as Brass Ball Corners.

Over time the corners grew, as a school, post office, church, shoemaker, and several homes were built at the corner. The community eventually became the Village of Paddock Lake. Today, a replica brass ball hangs nearby.

HM NumberHMPT7
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number503
Year Placed2005
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 408405 N 4713439
Decimal Degrees42.56793333, -88.11595000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 34.076', W 88° 6.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 34' 4.56" N, 88° 6' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7515-7523 Antioch Rd, Salem WI 53168, US
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