We took a walk on the Peace Trail in Janesville, Wisconsin on our way to Illinois last Friday. Because it gets dark so early, Mom wants to stop somewhere to get some exercise before the sun goes down. We read about the Ice Age Trail System, and ended up parking where the Peace Trail is. The trail goes right along the Rock River which is very nice.
The sign says Peace Trail, but the parking lot is for the Ice Age Trail. As far as we can tell, it is part of the Ice Age Trail System which goes all across Wisconsin.
Being later in the afternoon, the sun has started to go down, but the view of the river and the bridges is very pretty.
Just around the first corner of the trail from the parking lot, we saw this big rock thing. Being curious, we had to check it out to see what it is all about.
We took the trail up to the top and could get a good view of the river and surrounding areas. This rock is quite old, but very interesting.
Since we are curious, we read the plaque in the middle of this rock to find out what this whole thing is about. This is what the plaque says:
Rifle points south to the opposite bank
of the Rock River, approximately 500 feet
East of the Monterey Bridge, where in
November 1836, Joshua and William Holmes, Jr.,
John Inman and George Follmer built the first
log cabin in the first permanent settlement in
Rock County. This rock on which you stand
once known as “big rock”, was an old landmark for
Native Americans and the first settlers from the
east who forded the Rock River at this point.
Rock County was established in 1839 and
was named after this rock.
So, there you have it. Sometimes what is meant to be a simple walk for an hour or so, turns into a history lesson about something we never knew a thing about. It is just over an hour to our hotel for the night, and we are all set to settle in, eat dinner and relax after our small outing on the Peace Trail in Janesville.
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