Carl Schurz Forest

© Photographed November 12, 2014
Erected by Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation
Hartland, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43° 11.578′ N, 88° 20.789′ W
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Here the Ice Age Trail enters the forest honoring Carl Schurz. With John Muir, Increase Lapham, and Aldo Leopold, he belongs to the quartet of Great Wisconsin Conservationists memorialized by natural monuments left by the Wisconsin Glacier in northern Waukesha County.

Schurz was born in 1829 in Liblar, Germany, where his father managed the forests of Count Metternich. Caught up in the 1848 revolutionary movement for a democratic Germany, he barely escaped the Prussian authorities. He settled in Watertown in 1855, where his wife founded the first kindergarten. He supported Abraham Lincoln, who named him minister to Spain, and then major-general commanding the 11th Corps, which included the 26th Wisconsin.

Carl Schurz served as U.S. Senator from Missouri 1869-1875, and as Secretary of the Interior 1877-1881. As Secretary, he denounced lumbermen who were “not merely stealing trees, but whole forests,” and started the movement for a national forest service and a national park system. In private life as in public, his motto was not, “My country, right or wrong.” But rather, “My country! If right, to be kept right. If wrong, to be set right.” In 1905, a year before his death, the University of Wisconsin honored him as “the foremost German-American – a sincere and bold leader of public opinion and an ardent advocate of wise measures of national reform.”

As you walk through Carl Schurz Forest, remember his words: “I learned to love the woods and to feel the fascination of the forest-solitude, with the whisper of the winds in the treetops.”
The marker is located at the trailhead of the Monches Segment of the Ice Age Trail. It is easy to access the marker (see photo below) on southbound Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive / County Highway K, at its intersection with County Line Road / County Highway Q and Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive / County  Road E (an intersection where three roads intersect), Hartland, Wisconsin 53029.

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Ice Age Trail Alliance: Online Trail Map

National Park Service: Ice Age National Scenic Trail (downloadable PDF)
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches nearly 1,200 miles across. The eastern end is located in Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay in Door County.

See also these related markers:

At the trailhead of the Monches Segment of the Ice Age Trail.

Carl Schurz was a German revolutionist and American statesman
and reformer. Carl Schurz, half-length portrait, facing right (1877).
This media file is in the public domain.

The marker is visible in the center of the photo. See the turnout
in front of the marker? That's where to park. Easy!

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