Hank Aaron State Trail: A Landscape for Healing and Leisure

© Photographed October 8, 2016
Erected by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc.,
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.025506, -87.976114 (marker location)
43.025553, -87.975146 (parking to access the marker)

The Picturesque landscape of the Soldiers Home provided Veterans a recuperative setting to heal body, mind, and spirit. It also gave Milwaukee residents a pastoral retreat away from the city. Fountains, lakes, grottoes, and gardens enhanced the rolling topography and encouraged exploration. A glass conservatory housed vibrant plant displays, while ornate pavilions gave wanderers a resting place and the Home band a stage for Sunday afternoon concerts.
Over 300,000 guests visited the grounds in 1898 after streetcar lines connected the Home to downtown Milwaukee. Fourth of July festivities drew especially large crowds. During the celebration, avenues were lined with lanterns and fireworks were launched from the Lake Wheeler peninsula. Even Old Main was "ablaze with lights", according to local newspapers.
Lake Wheeler was particularly lively on sunny days. Veterans and visitors alike rented rowboats and strolled along the shore.
Explore the landscape.
Visit Wood National Cemetery to the northwest, the resting place for over 37,000 Veterans.
The marker is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail and is accessible from southbound North Mitchell Boulevard, just west of its intersection with westbound Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53295.

See also these nearby related markers:

© Hank Aaron State Trail. Used with permission.
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The foregoing three media files used with gracious permission of
With the south side of the referenced Soldiers Home
at the top of the hill.

The marker is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail
(behind the shrubs on the right).
This is the Soldiers Home entrance to the trail, heading westbound.
The Soldiers Home is to the right (not visible in this photograph).

The magnificent Soldiers Home, just up the hill
from the Hank Aaron State Trail.

Follow the signs to the VA National Historic Landmark
(the Soldiers Home).

The marker is located on the grounds of the VA National
Historic Landmark (the Soldiers Home) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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