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Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day on Aug. 13

ST. CROIX COUNTY – On Saturday, Aug. 13, the annual Yellowstone Trail Her itage Day will celebrate the historic Yellowstone Trail in Hudson and across St. Croix County. Auto enthusiasts and history lov- ers are in for a treat with three diuerent car shows and history displays.

Come see the autos at Lakefront Park and on Walnut Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fea turing a vintage and classic car show, a Britfest car show coordinated by the Minnesota MG Group and an antique auto show with the Twin Cities Model A Ford Club and the North Star State Model T Club.

Owners of vintage and classic automobiles of all makes and models are invited to join the auto displays. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For questions or to learn more, please contact Linda White at 715-386-8332.

In addition to the three car shows, Saturday is packed full of fun activities to enjoy. Start the day with a pancake breakfast at St. Patrick Catholic Church (1500 Vine St., Hud – son) from 7-10:30 a.m. A Yellowstone Trail Hospitality Center in Hudson is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Living Vine Church (309 Vine St., Hudson) with history of the Yellow- stone Trail video viewing at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Public restrooms are available and there is a kids’ fun area.

There is Geocaching the Yellowstone Trail with a Meet & Greet followed by CITO (Cache In – Trash Out) at Dick's Bar and Grill (111 Walnut St.) at 9 a.m. in Hudson.

There will be history displays throughout the county with displays at the Hazel Mackin Community Library (311 W. Warren St., Roberts) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Hammond Community Library (850 Davis St.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Baldwin Public Library (400 Cedar St.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Baldwin Library will also serve as a Hospitality Center for travelers on the Trail.

A highlight this year is a book signing event at the Octagon House Museum (1004 Third St., Hudson) from 1-4 p.m., with Yel lowstone Trail historians and authors John and Alice Ridge. Their new book A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound: A Modern Guide to Driving the Historic Yellowstone Trail, 1912-1930 is the definitive and most complete book of the history of the Yellowstone Trail. The museum will also be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.

Get out and enjoy the Trail with the Yel – lowstone Trail Poker Run and Socialability Drive. Visit Poker Run Stops along the Trail in Hudson, Roberts, Hamond and Baldwin to earn playing cards for a chance to win a $100 cash prize.

This annual event celebrates the historic Yellowstone Trail which was the first coast- to-coast automobile route across the northern United States. Hudson was the first stop on the Trail when entering Wisconsin from the west, passing over the toll bridge, across the Old Dike Road and climbed up Walnut and Vine streets to County Road UU and High –

way 12, leading east to the St. Croix Coun – ty towns of Roberts, Hammond, Baldwin, Woodville and beyond.

Learn more and view event details on the St. Croix County Yellowstone Trail Facebook page or on the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce website at HudsonWI.org.

Submitted by Jacki Bradham

Join the fun at Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day on Saturday, Aug. 13, featuring three car shows this year. Photo courtesy of Jacki Bradham

August 2, 2022