Soldiers' Home Reef

Also known as: Rocky Point, National Military Asylum Reef, Veterans' Hill, Sta
NE of jct. of Wood Ave. and General Mitchell Blvd., Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds, Milwaukee, Wisconsin



This rock mound in the Menomonee River Valley near Milwaukee was discovered by Increase A. Lapham, Wisconsin's first scientist, in the 1830s. In 1862, James Hall was the first to recognize and interpret this and several other earby mounds as fossil reefs, making them the first ancient reefs described in North America and among the first described anywhere in the world. Thomas C. Chamberlin used this and other reefs in formulating his paleoecological and sedimentological model of reef development, which was published in his classic 1877 work, Geology of Eastern Wisconsin. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 4, 1993

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 4, 1993
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Natural feature; Park
Current function
Natural feature
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1862; 1877