A vehicle convoy of historic military vehicles will make its way through Waupaca Co. on August 1.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) is sponsoring the journey across a portion of the historic Yellowstone Trail Highway – a route that, in its entirety, runs from Boston, MA to Portland OR, then to Yellowstone National Park for which it was named.
About 90 MVPA members and support drivers will participate with more than 40 historic trucks – all privately-owned military vehicles that range in eras from WWII up to the Iraq War.
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 combat heavies – five and 10-ton Oshkosh and four-wheel-drive cargo haulers from the 1950s to today.
The route of the convoy begins at Abbotsford, travels south to Marshfield and east to Auburndale. The convoy will then proceed through Blenker, Milladore, and Junction City crossing the river into Stevens Point. The route continues south on Division St, then Church St. After a break the convoy will continue through Plover, then on to Amherst. Convoy members will have a lunch stop in Waupaca at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, 810 W Fulton St, before heading down to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. It will enter Waupaca from State hwy 54 from US 10 on County QQ.
The vehicles will proceed to Weyauwega, down Main and Pine streets before continuing to Fremont on State hwy 110, where it turns south to Winneconne, Omro Waukau, Pickett, and Rogersville before camping at the County Fairgrounds in Fond du Lac for the night.
The August 1 trip marks the seventh cross-country sponsored by the MVPA.
The Yellowstone Trail national Highway was the first transcontinental automobile highway through the upper tire of states, established in May 1912.
The convoy is retracing the trail from Aberdeen, SD to Conneaut, OH. The convoy will take 25 days to complete.