Edited by Sarah Davis McBride
Travelers and arm-chair tourists alike will find an engaging introduction to Wisconsin's past in a new guide to the more than 400 historical markers located across the state published by the WHS Press called History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers, edited by Sarah Davis McBride (who served as the state's historical markers program coordinator).
From the Ice Age to Indian Nations, fur trading to lead mining, pulp and paper mills to the Pabst Theater, History Just Ahead provides the text of more than 400 markers.
In Kaukauna, a marker honors Hendrick Aupaumut and Jacob Konkapot, Stockbridge Indians who served in the Revolutionary War.
In Brule, a marker explains that the Brule River flows in what was more than 10,000 years ago the channel of a larger river which flowed in the opposite direction and drained melting ice from glacial Lake Duluth. The receding glacier created Lake Superior and carved the valley through which the Brule River now flows.
In Oconto, a marker shows where, in 1669, Father Claude Allouez erected a primitive chapel and founded the Mission of St. Francois Xavier.