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Near Prairie du Sac in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Baraboo Range

 
 
The Baraboo Range Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. The Baraboo Range Marker
Inscription. The rugged range of hills which can be seen to the north of here is among the oldest visible physical features on the earth. The hard quartzite rock that forms them was deposited as sand in a shallow sea which once covered this region. Although deposited horizontally, the layers were warped until they were tilted fifteen degrees at Devils Lake and vertically at Rock Springs. The gorges which may be seen at these places were eroded by rivers millions of years ago.

The Wisconsin River once flowed through the Devils Lake Gorge. Glaciers brought debris which blocked the river, leaving the lake after melting.

Exploration for iron ore began in 1887, and in 1900 ore was found and mining operations started. By 1925 the cost of mining had become too high to compete with other sources and mining in the district ceased after producing 643,030 tons of ore.
 
Erected 1959 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 89.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 19.947′ N, 89° 45.519′ W. Marker is near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on U.S. 12 1.2 miles north of Prairie Road (County Highway
The Baraboo Range Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. The Baraboo Range Marker
Z), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Prairie du Sac WI 53578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wollersheim Winery (approx. 3.9 miles away); August W. Derleth (approx. 4.2 miles away); Free Congregation of Sauk County (approx. 4.4 miles away); Culver's (approx. 4.5 miles away); Sauk City (approx. 4.5 miles away); Early History of Devil's Lake (approx. 5.5 miles away); North Shore Hotel Era (approx. 5.5 miles away); Devil's Lake and the Local Residents (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Baraboo Range. Wikipedia entry. "The rocks are as much as 1.6 billion years old, among the oldest exposed rocks in North America consisting mainly of pink Baraboo quartzite and red rhyolite." (Submitted on May 31, 2009.) 
 
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The Baraboo Range Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 21, 2010
3. The Baraboo Range Marker
Sunset at the marker.
The Baraboo Range Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
4. The Baraboo Range
Looking towards the north from the pull-off.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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