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Related Web Sites:
Military Ridge Road (Wikipedia)

Wisconsin Historical Markers

Map Showing the Military Road

Read More About It

"Wisconsin's Old Military Road: Its Genesis and Construction," Wisconsin Magazine of History, by Richard and Elizabeth Durbin.



Interesting Fact:

The road was built between 1835 and 1838 and was used for about 20 years.

Study Questions:

  • What did the Military Road look like, what was it made from?
  • On a Wisconsin map, draw a line followng the path of the Military Road.
  • What was the primary purpose of the Military Road?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 14:

    1798: The Sedition Act is passed by Congress, making it a crime to publish false or scandalous writing about the U.S. government.
    1881: Outlaw "Billy the Kid" is killed by sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico.

  • July 14

    July 14, 1832: Congress appropriated $5,000 for surveying the route of what became the Military Road, connecting forts Crawford, Winnebago and Howard. James Doty and Alexander Center surveyed the road in 1832. It was built, in part, by troops under the command of Zachary Taylor. The 234-mile road cost $12,000.

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