Janesville & Main Street / World War Memorial 1920

© Photographed August 15, 2016
Erected by Oregon, Wisconsin Historic Preservation Commission
Oregon, Dane County, Wisconsin
42.925975, -89.384302

Janesville & Main Street
World War Memorial
1920
The World War memorial is composed of a polished hurricane island granite column preserved from Chicago's old City Hall. The column is nine feet tall and is set on a classically-profiled base and topped with a globe, both of barrie granite. The column is inscribed:
ERECTED IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SERVED
OUR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR
1914-1918
It is believed to have been the first tribute to the veterans of World War I in the United States and was dedicated on June 10, 1920. A polished granite bench inscribed: [sic] DEDICATED TO ALL VETERANS is inscribed with the American Eagle and stands besides the Memorial.
The memorial is located on a small city triangle at the intersection of South Main Street and Janesville Street, Oregon, Wisconsin 53575.

Oregon History: World War I Memorial
  • The memorial's granite shaft came from the original old Chicago City Hall
  • Six horses and numerous Oregon men were needed to erect the memorial
  • Republican vice-presidential candidate Wisconsin Senator Irvine Luther Lenroot dedicated the memorial
  • Wisconsin Governor Emanuel Lorenz Phillip attended the dedication ceremony
  • Gold Star Mother Chris Johnson (mother of William M. Johnson) unveiled the monument
  • Hundreds of spectators attended the dedication ceremony


Looking east along Janesville Street.





Vintage postcard of the memorial, circa 1920.



Vintage photo of the memorial, housed at the
Oregon Welcome Center. Used with generous permission.


The memorial is located in Oregon, Wisconsin.

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