Military convoy to travel Yellowstone Trail
For the Hub City Times
CENTRAL WISCONSIN – A military vehicle convoy is coming to west-central Wisconsin on July 31.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) is sponsoring this journey across the historic Yellowstone Trail Highway (YTH.)
About 90 MVPA members and support drivers will participate with 40 or more historic trucks. The convoy is made up of privately-owned military vehicles that range in eras from WWII up to the Iraq War,” a Clark County Economic Development and Tourism release said.
“These vehicles include WWII Jeeps and Dodges, Korean War era deuce-and-a-halfs, Dodges, and Jeeps, Vietnam era Jeeps, Dodges and deuces, and an assortment of ‘Heavies’ 5 ton and 10 ton Oshkosh and 4WD cargo haulers from the 1950s until current day.
“The convoy is celebrating the Historic Yellowstone Trail National Highway (YTH) route that was created in the late 1900s and in use until the end of World War II.
“The 2021 Convoy is retracing the YTH from Aberdeen, SD, to Conneaut, OH, including a three day stop at the MVPA National Convention in South Bend, IN. The convoy will take 25 days to complete.”
The route of the convoy through Western Wisconsin is primarily along old US 12 from Hudson to Eau Claire, and eastward from Chippewa Falls on County X. After spending the night in Hudson, the convoy will be passing through Roberts, Hammond, Baldwin, Woodville and will work its way along the Yellowstone Trail on WI 29 and east into Menomonie. It will continue on US 12/WI 29 east and will skirt Eau Claire, stopping again at Lake Hallie for a break. From there, the convoy will visit the State Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls before proceeding east on County X to Cadott, Boyd, and Stanley.
The convoy will have a lunch stop in Stanley at the Veterans Memorial Park, 101 S. Broadway.
The convoy will continue eastward through Thorp, Withee, Owen, Curtis to Abbotsford, where it will stop for the night before heading for Fond du Lac on Sunday. The convoy will stay the night at the East Town Mall in Abbotsford.
This is the seventh cross-country convoy sponsored by the MVPA.