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Old 05-20-2009, 11:03 AM   #31
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The original markers had 'official' and then sometime around 1997-98, they decided to make them 'historical' markers. Using 'Historical' helps give the point of the sticker across.


I'm up to 260 markers... So am going to get some stickers printed-- Available at no cost to anyone who posts pics .

Any input on the design? Anyone want to make it more swanky? I believe full color is okay, they're going to be printed on bumper sticker type stock. Right now just figuring on two intervals, 250 and 500.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:24 PM   #32
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:11 AM   #33
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Well I contacted the MN historical society, and it seems that in 2003 MN cut funding for the historical marker program. Even with that they sent me an access database with all 1575 markers! Unfortunately they do not have good descriptions of where they are. For example a lot of them just have Town names. So do I do the 500 in WI, or attempt the 1500 in MN?

Created a google spread sheet for the MN markers
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:20 AM   #34
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Check out waymarking.com & historicalmarkers.com

you should be able to download at least a partial .GPX file with waypoints for MN
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:55 AM   #35
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They are a little sparse...

historicmarkers.com lists 23 total markers.
Waymarking.com lists 110.

So those are a good start, but still have a long row to hoe...
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:53 PM   #36
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I'm the King Geek!

Of the 511 marker waypoints, I've garnered 492 pics and uploaded them. I would really like to find at least 8 more to get to the satisfying 500 mark...

The 19 missing markers:
11villa luismia- pic online shows a damaged marker in a basement somewhere
13World's 1st Hydro Cent StaMia- Pic online shows a marker in poor confition
52st croix rivermia
92museum of medical progressmia
117Nicolet National Forestmia.
188st marys school of nursingmia- the hospital is in the midst of a renovation
194burlington northern ore docksmia
202brule-st croix waterwayin a closed visitor center
216summer white houseused to be on a school which has been town down
241green bay packersoutside packer hall of fame. Went on a game day, too many people
259lannon stonemia
260golda miersomewhere in a UWM library
279first worker's compensation policyIn a closed wayside along the freeway
302wartime shipbuildingmia
426leathem and smith quarryPoor directions, couldnt find it
453the clearingin a semi private nature area thing, Couldnt find it
488collins rd bridge spanin a city historical park, pay to enter
528english settlement cementaryMIA
536old helanamia. There was a diferent kind of plaque, but no WSHS marker


There were also some pics I took that were in weird circumstances-
18lizard moundnon-standard signage
29Tragedy of the SiskiwitSign missing. Rock that it appeared to be mounted on still present
63red banksroad route changed away from marker, visable from new road
71The Bad RiverClosed turnout. sign missing. Frame still present
143war of 1812on villa luis grounds, pay to enter, visable from outside
196the homme homesin a closed wayside, still visable from the road
304wisconsin military reservationon the grounds of a military fence. Visable from parking lot at entrance
336northern wi center or developmental disabiliessign was removed, it appears that they were dismantling the display
417blackhawk war encampmentsign was broken off pole
421historic wisconsin avesign is located inside a store, visable though front radio
486the cream citysign not installed yet. was visable through window of building
494home of gov james duane dotyinside the taceedah jail
525first methodist episcoal churchsign not posted yet, found in basement of church in meeting room
526princess burial moundinside pay-to-enter historical park. visable from road
535little house waysidenon-standard signage




It took about 10 months to complete with two idle months in winter. I saved all the GPS tracks:


They total about 8,500 miles. The longest single trip was to Duluth and back in a weekend--1,259 miles.

Some personal faves-

Father of automobile annoys town with infernal contraption-


A sign about another obsession-


Cheif waupaca drops dead after raining on his buddies parade-


one about Dawn Manor that was missing for a bit since it used to be located on ground that was washed away when Lake Delton emptied out-


Major "Dick" Bong- a Patriot that did great things for this country. Stop giggling dammit!


I'll email Cannon my updated GPX file with corrected waypoints, and Get to work over the winter months getting the waymarking internet sites up to snuff.

Oh, and here's my tip- When someone inquires what your doing in full riding gear wandering around a city park, DO NOT reply "I'm looking for a sign." They tend to look at you weird
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:28 PM   #37
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Great job Ben! 492 out of 511.

If you update those waymark sites WI will have one of the most complete records of anyone. What a great public service!

The Hysterical Society might want to know about the missing stuff - just for their records. They would probably be interested in the updated spreadsheet with precise locations as well. I guess that could all be rolled into a single reference sheet once I get the original updated.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:51 PM   #38
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That's quite the feat. Sounds like a ton o fun, too.

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:26 AM   #39
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Wow, that's a lot of explorin'!

I'm a sucker for these historical markers. Ben, could you please shoot me a copy of the waypoint file (powershouse at gmail dot com)?

I learned how Wisconsin trees paid for Cornell University a while back:




I'm a sucker for roadside oddities also. On the ride home from CADVR I ran across a record black bear in Glidden, WI and the Moose Theater Lutefisk Marching Band.




Historical markers, rustic roads, roadside oddities...they're all good for moto flower-sniffing!
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:09 PM   #40
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I'm a sucker for these historical markers. Ben, could you please shoot me a copy of the waypoint file
Done. And that Cornell womans club marker looks super familiar.

I decided I'm going to count 536 as a find since the weird little marker is what all the websites have listed...

And I have leads on 259, 260, 426, 488, and 528. (Been working REAL hard today)
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:51 AM   #41
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I think that the Golda Meir sign is attached to the school that is named for her on 3rd and Cherry . . . I'll try to swing by one day when I am down that way . . . I'll let you know.

There is also the sign for the Lady Elgin that is attached to Fratellos Restaurant downtown
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:23 AM   #42
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Checking out your thread

Greetings from the southeast forum (West Virginia). I was checking out your thread because 1) my wife is from WI (just west of Racine - south of Milwaukee), and 2) I started a WV Historical Markers thread - CLICK HERE - last November 2008 after using a marker for a Tag-O-Rama photo. Turns out the state of WV put up about 1,000 of them starting in the 1930s, and there is no accurate survey of the remaining markers. The last survey was done 10 years ago.

You are welcome to check out my spreadsheet (link on Post #1) and copy/improve/ignore/whatever. It's helped keep things organized so riders can quickly check to see what's already been "tagged".

The Director of the WV Archives & History Dept told me they have a very limited budget and staff, and could not get out to see which ones need replaced/repaired. I offered our ADV services, and now we have over 20 riders who have posted over 725 photos and write-ups, with about 200 more markers to check out. It's been a great adventure, exploring parts of my home state I never visited.

Good luck with your project, and maybe I'll get a few next time I ride up to my In-Laws (if out-of-staters are allowed to join in).
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:15 PM   #43
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Greetings from the southeast forum (West Virginia). I was checking out your thread because 1) my wife is from WI (just west of Racine - south of Milwaukee), and 2) I started a WV Historical Markers thread - CLICK HERE - last November 2008 after using a marker for a Tag-O-Rama photo. Turns out the state of WV put up about 1,000 of them starting in the 1930s, and there is no accurate survey of the remaining markers. The last survey was done 10 years ago.
Cool Project!

Have you considered using a Google Document to keep track of your spreadsheet? Available online to view or modify by whomever you deem appropiate. Might be just the ticket.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #44
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Winter housekeeping.

Updated the GPS file and spreadsheet based on refinements on around 50 previously "hazy" points that BENRON tuned up when he rode all of these. There are still about 20 points that couldn't be nailed down.

Many thanks Ben!

Still can't get files uploaded, so if you want them, PM me an e-mail address and I'll send them out.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:10 PM   #45
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I think I've found a few since I sent you that file...

The last three I took pics of were:

117 N45 51.067 W89 03.176
488 N44 06.378 W87 47.200
528 N42 44.486 W89 24.482

Also, I know where these are, even though I haven't been able to ride to them yet-

426 N44 54.280 W87 24.298
029 N46 51.600 W91 05.838
216 moved to inside a museum in superior, WI
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