Yellowstone Trail Relics
In Wisconsin, United States
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This two stage multi-cache highlights old remnants of the Yellowstone Trail. Parking for WP1 was once part of the trail, and the first part of the road to the final is probably the most authentic example still remaining.
Click here to learn more about the Yellowstone Trail. There is a Wisconsin section on the web site.
The route of the Yellowstone Trail followed this road from 1925 to 1930. The "King's Official Route Guide" from 1915 gives us an idea of the driving conditions along this portion of the road at that time. It reported that this road was mostly gravel with little clay. The following is the Zittau portion of the description of the route going west (miles beginning in Oshkosh are on the left), from Sauby Rd. to Triangle Campground:
19.6 Turn left (from Sauby Road)
19.8 Curve right
19.9 Curve right (Breckins Loop Road- another remnant)
20.2 Pass creamery on left
20.3 Curve left
21.7 Cross three iron bridges and cross iron bridge over creek (Rat River)
21.8 Keep to the left
22.2 Curve right, then left through
23.1 Zittau; go straight ahead
23.2 Pass saloon on left
23.2 Pass cheese factory on right go to end of road (WP1 parking is at about mile 23.7)
23.8 Turn right
23.9 Curve left
24.0 Cross small bridge
24.2 Cross small bridge
24.6 Cross small bridge
24.7 Curve right (before cemetery- another remnant)
24.8 Pass cemetery on left (Becker Cemetery)
25.0 Curve left (Schmidt Lane)
25.5 Cross iron bridge
26.2 Curve right river on left (Triangle Campground office)
This is how people traveled back in the early years of the automobile. No freeways and no Tom Toms. Just bad roads and bad instructions and maybe a yellow rock with an arrow painted on it.
This cache is doable without tools but it would be much more difficult.
High boots will be useful at certain times of the year.
Both WPs are on public hunting land so you might want to avoid this one during hunting season.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Jacob Fries of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding.
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Yellowstone Trail Sign
Last Updated: on 3/29/2013 6:37:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:37 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum