Found: Hiawatha Shopping Center, Menomonee Falls

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).
Found: Hiawatha Pioneer Trail. Recently established
Northwoods branch marking scenic wonders for thousands of tourists
who visit Wisconsin's Northwoods annually published by
Brown Postcard Co. Rhinelander circa 1964.
Postmarked Rhinelander, WI, September 2, 1978
Found: Hiawatha. This Indian is symbolic of all the Indians of the area
and is dedicated particularly to the braves of the Winnebagoes.
Among the most famous were Chief Decorah and his son Chief Winnesheik.
La Crosse started sa a trading post in Indian Territory.
Trail and river led to the prairie, a favorite gathering place for the Indians.
The French named it prairie La Crosse for a game they
saw the Indians playig which reminded them of their own game
of La Crosse. Riverside Park, La Crosse published by
Universal Photo Service La Crosse,
Wisconsin, Dexter Press, New York, circa 1960s
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

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