Marker 36: Watertown Plank Road

© Photographed October 23, 2012 and April 10, 2017
Erected 1955 by Milwaukee County Historical Society
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43° 2.525′ N, 87° 57.752′ W

Started in 1848 and completed in 1853, extended 58 miles west from Milwaukee on a course roughly paralleling State Street past the Frederick Miller Plank Road Brewery through Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, and Oconomowoc to Watertown. The $110,000 road of white oak planks provided a route for farm products, wood, lime, and passenger vehicles. It cut roundtrip travel time to three days, all at a toll of about one cent a mile.
The marker is located in Miller Valley, on eastbound West State Street (I could not locate an exact address), between North 37th and North 41st Streets, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208.

It was quite challenging to photograph this marker. First, it's very easy to fly past it, because the marker is on a wall and not on a pole. Also, the street is quite busy and there is no parking (that I could determine) anywhere near the marker. Parked illegally in a truck driveway (my friend stayed and guarded the car) a ways down the road and hiked back to the marker to photograph it.

The marker is next to the entrance to The Caves.

The  marker is located in the bottom right of this photo,
on the wall between the iron gate (to its left) 
and the decorative arch (to its right),
at the entrance to The Caves.

The marker is located in historic Miller Valley.

The marker is located in Miller Valley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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