|Found: Hiawatha Shopping Center Center, Menomonee, Falls, Wis. photographed November 4, 1948 and|
printed on Ilford IV RC Portfolio (purchased on eBay from the son of the photographer).
Known as a peacemaker and visionary, Hiawatha led the Onondaga or the Mohawk circa 16th century and may never have envisioned shopping centers, songs, trails and trains would be named for him. Centuries later, the American Petroleum Institute most famously concocted a scheme to mark the so-called Hiawatha Pioneer Trail traversing Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota not so much to honor Hiawatha as a way to sell more petroleum products. The trail wove through 1,500 miles of Wisconsin according to a Milwaukee Journal article dated October 10, 1967. The signs for the trail were eventually removed and a bike trail, named after the train, remains in Wisconsin, some signs turn up on eBay as oddities of a bygone era.
|Found: Wisconsin Hiawatha Pioneer Trail map/booklet|
and its Capitol, Northwoods, and Door branches.
|Found: Hiawatha Pioneer Trail Sign, circa 1965|