|Princeton, Green Lake County, Wisconsin|
- Registered Landmarks Seal Only -- price, $2.40
Example: WRL-12: First Brick House in Wisconsin
- A 16"x20" marker with seal attached -- price, $32.00
Example: WRL-117: Dells Mill
- A 24"x30" marker with seal attached -- with mounting post: price, $155.00; without mounting post: price: 135.00
Even with all the choices of markers, a Wisconsin Registered Landmark can just as easily look like WRL-39: Site of Camp Smith -- with nothing on it to indicate its Wisconsin Registered Landmark status.
The Wisconsin Registered Landmarks program ended in 1973. Despite my enthusiasm for the program and my willingness to donate my own time and resources to locating the markers, the State Historical Society has been loathe to either acknowledge or assist in my endeavors. I was told there are no records, and that there is no interest in the whereabouts of the markers. While I was shocked and initially discouraged by this contempt for my project, I determined to forge on with my research.
I began to reach out to the local historical societies for assistance in finding markers in their areas. This sometimes resulted in a society member contacting the State Historical Society. They did not know their building / monument had Wisconsin Registered Landmark status; they were excited and wanted to replace their missing marker. They were told that because the Wisconsin Registered Landmark program is defunct, Wisconsin Registered Landmark status is now essentially meaningless. They were also told there was no information on how to order a new marker.
For my role in stirring things up, I was asked to stop my research. I was further told there is neither the "time" nor the "resources" for Society staff to field these (very few) inquiries. I was not dissuaded. My now unmitigated goal is to recreate the lost list of Wisconsin Registered Landmarks, and to identify and document their locations. Once that goal is reached, this post will be updated.
Wisconsin Historical Markers
January 15, 2015
As an aside -- two of the ten "All Time Most Popular Posts" on this website are Wisconsin Registered Landmarks: WRL-74: St. Josaphat Basilica (with nearly 10,000 views) and WRL-54: Jacques Vieau Trading Post (with nearly 3,500 views).