Rest areas and waysides - History of rest areas in Wisconsin
Rest areas on the I-roads
Early roadside rest areas consisted of rural school grounds and
country churchyards with their two little "houses" in
In Wisconsin, by 1920, curves were built to eliminate sharp road
corners. Local garden clubs, with the American Legion and Auxiliary,
began to beautify many of the resulting triangles with flowers and
shrubs. Motorists used these places to relax and picnic.
In 1931 the Wisconsin Legislature authorized highway
beautification, and later the familiar waysides – small roadside
parks at first, and for many years, with no water or sanitation.
1940, garden and women’s clubs, the Legion, the Wisconsin Friends
of Our Native Landscape and others organized the Wisconsin Roadside
Council, joined by the County Highway and County Boards
Associations, to aid the State Highway Commission in roadside
development and increasing and improving waysides.
initiatives Wisconsin gained the experience to become one of the
very first states to provide these modern, full-facility I-Road rest
areas you now enjoy approximately every 50 miles.
Wisconsin Historical Marker plaques, commemorating historical
facts and events are located on-site at many rest areas and
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