My husband and I moved to Cameron, Wisconsin 19 years ago in August of 2016.
We both are born and raised Wisconsin kids.
You would think moving to a new part of Wisconsin would be easy.
Jeremy and I found out different. We had a lot to learn.
Please remember as you read my series about moving to a new area...
1. It was not easy. We had no family or friends in the area when we moved here. My husband had a job interview here, that is what brought us to the area. We have been blessed with his employment.
2. It has been 19 years. I have learned so much. And have made many wonderful friends. The move was not easy at the start, it has been a blessing today.
And so to continue...
|this is not a barron county road|
To get started. Barron County roads run on a grid system.
Cranberry Morning is the source for the following information. To read the entire post Click here
Barron County is laid out on a grid with every street being named according to its distance north/south and east/west of the southwest corner of the [perfectly square] county. If you know this, you need never get lost in Barron County. Everything is measured from that southwest corner.
For a transplant, that would be me, saying to me to meet up at the corner of 11 3/4 Avenue and
2 3/4 Street, kind of makes your head spin.
Now add the rest of the Barron county native language. Sure all the roads have this nice grid system. But the Barron country natives do not use the grid system. They go ahead and name the streets what they want.
I start to get use to this. I am on 19th Street. I am sharing with a native that I took 19th Street to get to X.
"Oh you mean, Airport Road!" says the Barron County Native
"No, I mean 19th Street" says I, the transplant
"No, 19th Street is Airport Road and it is River Road too." says the Barron County Native
"Ya know, where I come from, we just have ONE name for our roads. Like County Road W, or Skinner Creek or Danish Settlement." says I, the transplant.
I wish I could say it ends here, but it does not.
I was employed in the city of Barron. I lived in Cameron. At the time I was taking Hwy 8 to get to work. I was told of a short cut from my husband. He showed it to me. It was Hwy W. Fun, I thought to myself. I grew up on a Hwy W. I was so proud of my short cut. I shared it with my co workers the next day, all natives by the way. "Oh you mean Museum Road!" the natives said.
Come to find out Hwy W of Barron County is also know as Museum Road and 13 1/2 Avenue and
And I still wish I could say it ends here, but it does not!
Poor Farm Road aka Hospital Road aka ....
County Road O aka Airport Road aka 19th Street aka River Road
Now after 19 years, I am use to the road names. I can get around. When I meet someone new in the area. I always give them the heads up about the way the roads work in this county.
How about you? Do you live in an area with confusing road names?
Do some of the roads have more than one name?
If you are a transplant, did you have trouble understanding the way the natives explained directions?