Story of the Yellowstone Trail in WI Sept. 18

Conceived in 1912, when the automobile was just starting to take hold, the Yellowstone Trail – “A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound” – was one of the nation’s first long-distance roadways, and it helped revolutionize the way Americans travel. In its transcontinental reach, the road traveled through the heart of Wisconsin, a path that traversed Fond du Lac on its way from Milwaukee to Eau Claire and beyond.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, September 18, the director of the Yellowstone Trail Association, Mark Mowbray, will present a program on the trail’s past and present at the Fond du Lac Public Library. He’ll talk about how the trail influenced Wisconsin’s tourism, travel and commerce. The History at Home program is free; no registration required.

Copies of the 64-page booklet, Wisconsin Guide: Driving the Yellowstone Trail, will be available at no charge. The booklet includes maps, photos and history of the trail.

History at Home is a monthly series of talks that bring the area’s and state’s past into full view. The free programs take place at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming programs:

  • October 16: The History of the Brothertown Nation, presented by Patty Loew and members of the Brothertown Nation.
  • November 20: Christmas on Main Street, presented by Mary Leb of the Fond du Lac Public Library.

 

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