Events >> Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day

June 1, 2013

Join area organizations as they celebrate over 100 years of history for the Yellowstone Trail.

The year was 1912 and the auto was gaining popularity.  It wasn’t uncommon for horse drawn wagons to share potholes with the automobiles that also traveled the country roads and passed through everything the horses left behind.

A few ambitious folks got together and decided to connect county roads which resulted in the first transcontinental road – The Yellowstone Trail.  From “Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound!”

Schedule of Events

Vintage Vehicles on Display

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FREE
Join us at Lakefront Park by the Hudson Arch for an up close look at the
vintage vehicles on display. Location: Lakefront Park, 1st and Walnut Streets

The Slow Race - 1 p.m. FREE
At this “most uneventful event” vintage cars race to see who can drive the slowest.
Not an easy task for these old cars that easily stall.
Location: Lakefront Park (Dike Road area)

Children’s Activities - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE
Stop by and enjoy playful, creative Yellowstone Trail activities, provided
by Giggle Factory, with your kids. Location: Lakefront Park

Cemetery Walk at Willow River Cemetery
12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (starting on the 1/2 hour, last tour at 2:30 p.m.)
Take a guided stroll through the cemetery where costumed actors share the life stories
of the “Spirits” of Hudson’s past. Tours take about 1 hour. Admission: $7.50
adults, $3 students (13-18) & children 12 and under free with an adult.
Location: Willow River Cemetery on 9th Street between Vine and Wisconsin Streets

HOMEMADE Pie & Ice Cream Social with
Turn of the Century Yard Games - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for a good old-fashioned ice cream social featuring homemade pies. The children
can enjoy a variety of turn of the century yard games. In case of rain,
activities will be held indoors. Location: First Baptist Church, 309 Vine Street

“The History of the Yellowstone Trail” - 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. FREE
View a DVD presentation on the history of the Yellowstone Trail. From the early efforts
to build better roads to present day efforts to build awareness of this historic
treasure that runs right though Hudson. Location: First Baptist Church, 309 Vine
Street, in the Sanctuary

Genealogy: How to Begin - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. FREE
Local author Helen Stoltz-Wood will discuss the fundamentals of starting
family history research. Limited seating, must pre-register at 715-386-3101.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Geocaching the Yellowstone Trail - 9 a.m. FREE
Meet & Greet at Dick’s Bar followed by CITO (Cache In - Trash Out).
Find caches in Hudson, Roberts, Hammond and other trail-side communities. Location: 111 Walnut Street
Photos by STUDIO threesixty5 FREE
Photo with vintage vehicles on the Yellowstone Trail. Download photos at:

Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet some of the Coco’s Heart dogs who are looking for homes.
Location: Lakefront Park

Master Gardeners Plant Sale - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association (SCVMGA) will hold its annual plant
sale on the lawn of the Octagon House Museum. Come early for the best
selection of perennial and annual plants from the gardens of local master
gardeners. Location: 1004 3rd Street

Ciranda Organic Garden Tour - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE
Learn about sustainable gardening and lawn care, eco-friendly mowing,
composting, native plants, a rain garden and an urban beehive.
Location: 221 Vine Street

My Sisters’ Garden & Willow River Tree Co. - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
My Sister's Garden - All Day - Free heirloom stock plants; Vegetable
Plant Specials; 2-3 p.m. Salad Green Tasting; and Refreshments:
Banana Bread and Banana Smoothies
Willow River Tree Company - 12-5 p.m. Hayrides around the Farm;
1 & 2:30 p.m. Lumberjack Show. Location: 850 Kelly Road

Octagon House Museum Tours - 12 to 4 p.m.
Enjoy an hour long guided tour of the Victorian-era Octagon House Museum complex.
Admission: $7 adults, $3 students, $2 children, and under 5 free with an adult. Location:
1004 3rd Street

Scavenger Hunt Along the Yellowstone Trail - anytime FREE
The clues in the Yellowstone Trail Special Insert, produced by the Hudson Star
Observer, will take you on a drive along the Trail from Hudson to Hammond. Spot
some local landmarks, explore the Trail and experience Wisconsin heritage. Inserts
are available at the Yellowstone Trail information booth the day of the event or year
round at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau or the Octagon
House Museum.

Thank you to event Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: WESTconsin Credit Union

Gold Sponsors: American Family Insurance Steven McDonald Agency, Dick's Bar & Grill, Hudson Ford, KNoke's Chocolates, Minutman Press-Hudson, Royal Credit Union.

Silver Sponsors: Associated Bank, Dough Boys Pizza, WillowRIver Tree Farm/My Sister's Garden

Bronze Sponsors: Family Fresh Market, First State Bank & Trust, Roberts  Towing & Repair, Inc., SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, Yellowsont Trail Race.

Dash Plaques and Trohpies donated by Laser Magic, Inc.


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