Marker 44: Dutch Settlement

© Photographed August 11, 2012 and April 10, 2017
Erected 1956 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Cedar Grove, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

43° 34.959′ N, 87° 48.006′ W
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The names of many places and families in this vicinity reflect the origin of its early settlers. Most of the settlers of Cedar Grove and Oostburg were from the province of Zeeland, although some have lived for a time in New York before catching the westward fever in the 1840's. Here the settler cleared sufficient ground for his new home, which was raised or "logged up" with the help of neighbors. Inside, wrote Pieter Daane in 1847, "very many had nothing but a ground floor; stools sawed from logs were the only seats, a chest answered for a table." One group of about 300 immigrants headed for new homes here in 1847 met with disaster. After completing the long journey from Holland, they were within five miles of their goal when fire broke out aboard the "Phoenix" and more than 200 lives were lost.
The marker is located at a highway turnout on the southbound Sauk Trail Road, 3/4-mile north of its intersection with East Union Avenue / Wisconsin Highway 32, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin 53013.

See also, Marker 428: The Phoenix Tragedy 1847 and Firey Passage, related markers at a different locations in Sheboygan County.

See also, October 11th Memorial Marker, also at this location.

Lots of changes since first visit August 11, 2012.

View of Lake Michigan (using zoom lens),
across the corn fields from marker location.

The October 11th Memorial (visible to the right) is also at this location.

 Looking south around the highway turnout,
with South Sauk Trail Road visible to the left.

 Signage leading to the marker location.
The marker is located in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

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