Marquette County Wisconsin

Historical Markers

Location: Hwy 22, 8 miles south of Montello
Erected: 1969

It was over this road that John Muir traveled to such early settlements 
as Kingston and Pardeeville. Muir was eleven when he came here from 
scotland with his father, brother and sister in 1849. His mother arrived 
with her other children after a home had been carved out of the 
wilderness. They settled west of here at "Fountain Lake," at what is 
now John Muir Memorial Park. Here, surrounded by the beauties of nature, 
Muir began his love of wild animals, flowers, trees and waters. Later, 
the family moved five miles east to the hickory Hill Farm. Muir's early 
education began at home. His mechanical skill was demonstrated by many 
ingenious inventions. He entered the University of Wisconsin but left 
without completing his studies to travel throughout the West on foot. 
While hiking through the Sierra Nevadas, he found his real inspiration 
and life work. His many and persistent articles and letters persuaded 
Congress to pass the National Park Act in 1890. This was the beginning 
of a formal national park movement. "Everybody needs beauty as well as 
bread; places ot play in and places to pray in, where nature may heal 
and cheer, and give strength to body and soul alike"...John Muir

Location: Rest Area No. 82, Hwy 51/I-39, 4 miles North of Westfield
Erected: 1990

On June 25, 1950, Communist North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea. 
Backed by Soviet Russia, the North Koreans quickly overran most of the 
peninsula. South Korea appealed to the United States for assistance, 
and President Harry Truman immediately ordered General Douglas MacArthur 
to commit U.S. troops. The united Nations condemned North Korea's North 
Korean aggression and solicited military aid from member nations. 
Following a series of defeats, General MacArthur launched a daring 
amphibious landing at Inchon in September 1950 and advanced northward 
to the Yalu River. Then Communist China massively intervened, and the 
allied forces retreated southward. The fighting eventually stabilized 
along the 38th Parallel, the original boundary between North and South 
Korea. After a long, bloody stalemate and protracted negotiations, an 
armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. The Korean War -- or "police 
action" as it was called -- cost 33,629 Americans killed in action and 
another 103,000 wounded. More than 132,000 Wisconsinites were involved 
in this "forgotten war," of whom 801 were killed in action and 4,286 
were wounded. Another 111 were captured, and 84 remain listed as missing 
in action. 

RUSSELL FLATS SCHOOL Photo of the Russell Flats Marker
Location: corner of Ember Ave and 4th Ave, Westfield
Erected: 1999
Contributed by: Roberta Johnson

Built in 1867, this one room rural school has served as the center of community 
life in Russell Flats for over 130 years. Constructed by Scots-Irish settlers 
who arrived here in the early 1850's, the school has functioned as the local 
Presbyterian church and the Westfield Town Hall. The community is named for the 
first settlement family, the Russell's. They found the area's fertile soil and 
nearby springs perfect for farming. Today, several descendants of the Scotch-Irish 
settlers still own or occupy their original family farms. --contributed by Roberta 
Johnson, member of the Russell Flats historical marker committee

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