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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Wisconsin State Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:53am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 408405 N 4713439|
|Decimal Degrees||42.56793333, -88.11595000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 34.076', W 88° 6.957'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 34' 4.56" N, 88° 6' 57.42" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7515-7523 Antioch Rd, Salem WI 53168, US|
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