Portage, Wisconsin: Roadside Grave of State Rights, a Horse

A race horse born during the Civil War was named State Rights by its owner, then buried with its own tombstone beside a road.
Address:
Military Rd, Portage, WI
Directions:
Drive east out of Portage on Hwy 33. Turn left just after the BP gas station onto County Rd EE. Drive one mile. Bear right onto Military Rd. Drive a little under two miles. You'll see the tombstone on the right, in a little triangular patch of grass.
Admission:
Free.
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State Rights grave.

Roadside Grave of State Rights, a Horse

The grave marker for State Rights is well tended with recently planted flowers in front of it.

[Amy, 05/15/2015]

State Rights.

State Rights Race Horse Grave

State Rights was a trotting race horse owned by Chauncey Roberts in the 19th century. Apparently Mr. Roberts had strong feelings about both state rights and his horse, which he raced at local county fairs. When the horse died at around age 28, Mr. Roberts so loved him that he had him buried standing up. The grave (now in its second location) can be found on the roadside of Old Military Road about five miles out of Portage (in Fort Winnebago township).

[Katie Kintner, 11/22/2004]

The horse was born in 1861, and Mr. Roberts evidently wasn't shy about expressing his Confederate sympathies in the Yankee north. May 2015: Photo added.

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