Marker 251: Winnebago Trail

© Photographed July 17, 2012 and July 2, 206
 Erected 1979 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
44° 4.399′ N, 87° 43.798′ W

Many modern highways follow routes marked out long ago by Indian people. The Winnebago Trail across central Wisconsin became the general course of Highways 151 from Manitowoc to Fond du Lac, 45 from Fond du Lac to Oshkosh, 21 from Oshkosh to Sparta and 16 from Sparta to La Crosse. When European contact occurred in the first half of the 1600's, the Winnebago had their permanent village and garden area in the Green Bay–Lake Winnebago region, ranging out seasonally to hunt and gather wild produce. In response to the fur trade they extended their territorial claims and established villages throughout western Wisconsin as far north as the headwaters of the Black River and south along the Rock River nearly to its mouth on the Mississippi in Illinois. On occasion they crossed the Mississippi to hunt. Over 3,000 Winnebago people still reside in their old territory in Wisconsin.
The marker is located at the parking lot to Silver Lake Park, on Calumet Avenue (U.S. 151), between Silver Street and South 57th Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220. 

Ho-Chunk Nation (aka Winnebago): People of the Big Voice

Indian Country: Ho-Chung Culture

See also, Welcome to Silver Lake and Park, also at this location.

Nature trail leading to Silver Lake.

Beautiful location! (July 2012)

This female Eastern Amberwing dragonfly flew into view 
while I was photographing the wildflowers.

 Silver Lake (July 2016)

 The marker is at the parking lot for Silver Lake Park Boat Launch.

Signage leading to the marker (visible in the distance) location.
The marker is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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