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Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Monadnocks

 
 
Monadnocks Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
1. Monadnocks Marker
Inscription. Geologists have determined that Rib Mountain is more than 1.7 billion years old — one of the oldest rock formations on earth. In fact, three large quartzite hills, or monadnocks, are found here in the Wausau area.

The largest monadnock, Rib Mountain is four miles long and over one mile wide. Its curved, rib-like shape gave the "hill" its name. From this vista, you can see two other monadnocks — Mosinee Hill, a dumbbell-shaped formation slightly to the southeast, and Hardwood Hill, beyond that to the southwest.

The quartzite found in these formations is some of the hardest rock in nature. Early miners hauled rock from Rib Mountain with teams of horses and used the quartz in making abrasives like sandpaper.

(caption) An earlier view of Rib Mountain from the vicinity of Mosinee Hill.
 
Erected by the Rib Mountain Business Association and the Friends of Rib Mountain.
 
Location. 44° 55.2′ N, 89° 41.667′ W. Marker is near Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of County Highway N. Click for map. Marker is at the South Deck in Rib Mountain State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau WI 54401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Monadnocks Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 7, 2014
2. Monadnocks Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rib Mountain State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Ripples (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rib Mountain State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); To Charles E. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Mountain View (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pineries (approx. half a mile away); First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
 
Also see . . .  The Northern Highland — The Lost Mountains of Wisconsin. "Wisconsin was part of a mountainous region which covered all this state and much territory outside it. It had peaks and ridges similar to those in the Alps." (Submitted on February 21, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Monadnocks Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
3. Monadnocks Marker
South Deck
View from South Deck Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 7, 2014
4. View from South Deck
South Deck Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 7, 2014
5. South Deck
Trail to South Deck Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 7, 2014
6. Trail to South Deck
 
 
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