The Yellowstone Trail

The Yellowstone Trail (HMT1A)

Location: Curtiss, WI 54422 Clark County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 57.316', W 90° 26.06'

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The first coast-to-coast auto route across the northern tier of states.

"A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound"

Before 1912 Railroads dominated long distance transportation. Local roads were dust and mud. There was little help from government so owners of the newly arrived autos rose to the challenge.

1912 Small town businessmen from South Dakota formed the Yellowstone Trail Association to "get out of the mud" and to pressure counties to build usable automobile roads.
They named the transcontinental auto road Yellowstone to draw tourists along it to the national park. Roads and autos were crude and travel was tough. With no maps tourists relied on guide books and yellow rocks to find their way.

1915 The Yellowstone Trail was extended across Wisconsin and reached both coasts by 1917. Yellow and black signs were posted across the country. In 1929, it was Wisconsin's first cross-state highway to be concrete.

Until 1930 Hundreds of towns supported the famous Yellowstone Trail. The Association created free campgrounds, travel bureaus, and publications to help the traveler.

1930 Route numbering (now an international system but created by the State of Wisconsin in 1918) reduced the need for named roads. Then the Depression spelled the end for all trail associations.

Yellowstone Trail in central Wisconsin [map]
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HM NumberHMT1A
Year Placed2006
Placed ByJohn and Alice Ridge, (modern) Yellowstone Trail Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 11:34pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 702371 N 4981183
Decimal Degrees44.95526667, -90.43433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 57.316', W 90° 26.06'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 57' 18.96" N, 90° 26' 3.60" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1075-1175 N Meridian St, Curtiss WI 54422, US
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