Brass Ball Corners
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
N 42° 34.073 W 088° 06.958
16T E 408404 N 4713434
Quick Description: Marker at Brass Ball Corners in Paddock Lake, WI
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:39:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM4FH2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
Views: 76

Long Description:
"In the 1800's, before assigning names to roads was a common practice, intersections were often given names to identify communities and places of interest.

"The trail through Brass Ball Corners started at Lake Michigan and went west through Lake Geneva to Janesville. Farmers and merchants frequented the trail, hauling grain, furs and lead to the Port of Kenosha.

"In 1842, farmer Seth Huntoon recognized a growing need for a place where travelers could rest. He built an inn on the northwest corner of a busy junction and then hung a wooden ball gilden in gold at the intersection. Because of its likeness to brass, the intersection came to be known as Brass Ball Corners.

"Over time the corners grew, as a school, post office, church, shoemaker, and several homes were built at the corner. The community eventually became the Village of Paddock Lake. Today, a replica brass ball hangs nearby.

"Erected 2005"
County: Kenosha

Location: Other

MarkerID: 502

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