Stevens Point's Brewery on the Yellowstone Trail
In Wisconsin, United States
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The heart of Stevens Point is the Point Brewery, located right on the Yellowstone Trail. In 1857 the brewery was established by Frank Wahle and George Ruder. In the 1880’s - Point Special Beer became the brewery's top-selling brand. During the 20’s The Stevens Point Brewery produced near-beer products due to Prohibition. In 1973 Point Special was rated as the #1 American beer in a taste test as reported by Mike Royko, a columnist for the Chicago Daily News. The brewery is open
Across the street from the Brewery, at the coordinates provided, you will find an interesting marker of a road that predates even the Yellowstone Trail. That road was known as “The Pioneer Trail” and ran thru Portage and Marathon County, starting almost 80 years before the Yellowstone Trail. When the Yellowstone Trail was marked in 1918, it followed that even older historic route.
This is one of several caches I have placed along the route of the historic Yellowstone Trail. The trail is a historic motor route that went across Wisconsin from 1918 to 1930. The Wisconsin portion of the Yellowstone Trail is 406 miles long, starting at the state line south of Kenosha and going north, and then west to Hudson. The Wisconsin segment is just a part of one of America’s first transcontinental auto routes, a 3,754-mile long road that started in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts and went to Puget Sound, Washington.
The final cache is located on the Green Circle Route, at N44.30.ABC; W89.35.DEF
A = 5
B = The second digit of the year that the road was first used.
C = The third digit of the year that the road was surfaced.
D = 1
E = 8
F = Number of beer bottles in the "Caution Beer Crossing" sign across the street, and to the north slightly.
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Last Updated: on 4/27/2014 4:46:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:46 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum