This spot in Section 14, in the Town of Rietbrock, Marathon County is the exact center of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. It is here that the 90th meridian of longitude bisects the 45th parallel of latitude, meaning it is exactly halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, and is a quarter of the way around the earth from Greenwich, England.
Marathon County Park Commission
This monument is only a representation of the
intersection of the 90th Meridian & the 45th Parallel.
The true location is N 75°06'38" E, 1,066.18'
from the center of the monument.
Erected by Marathon County Park Commission.
Location. 45° 0′ N, 90° 0′ W. Marker is near Poniatowski, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker is on Meridian Road 0.3 miles north of County Road U, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is about a 20 minute drive west of Wausau, Wisconsin. Marker is in this post office area: Athens WI 54411, United States of America.
Regarding Geological Marker. This is the exact point half-way between the Equator and the North Pole, and half-way between Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line.
Also see . . . Wausau Daily Herald. “...if you wanted to visit the spot’s counterpart in the southern half of the western hemisphere, you’ll be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be in the middle of the Indian Ocean if you visit the exact center of the southeast hemisphere. And the geographic cousin in the northeast hemisphere is located in northern China near Mongolia.”
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