Martin W. Torkelson (1878-1963) Historical Marker
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N 44° 12.243 W 090° 50.240
15T E 672795 N 4896810
Quick Description: Martin W. Torkelson (1878-1963) Historical Marker in wayside off Hwy 27 6 miles south of Black River Falls
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 5/24/2007 7:19:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM1K61
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
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Long Description:
Martin Torkelson, born in Jackson County, served the State of Wisconsin for more than fifty years. He was a pioneer in the development of both land and air transportation.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1904, Torkelson worked for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, which was the forerunner of the State Highway Commission. His recommendations to the legislature in 1917 led to Wisconsin's being the first state to set up a numbering system for its highways.

Torkelson's work was not restricted to highway improvement. As Secretary and Executive Officer of the Wisconsin State Park and Planning Board he published a recreational plan in 1939 to set aside land for public enjoyment. His report on airport development, published in 1945, provided the foundation on which the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has continued to build.

Torkelson believed that adequate transportation was vital to commerce and that neither agriculture nor industry could flourish without it.

Erected 1978"
County: Jackson

Location: Wayside

MarkerID: 247

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