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Near Land O' Lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin River Headwaters

 
 
Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
1. Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker
Inscription. About two miles east of here, the Wisconsin River has its source in Lac Vieux Desert. Several spellings and meanings were given to the name of the stream in early days. The Algonquian "Wees-konsan" means "the gathering of the waters." The Winnebago "Wees-koos-erah" is quite different, meaning "river with flowery banks." With its partner, the Fox River, the Wisconsin provided a super-highway for Indian, explorer, adventurer, missionary, and settler, and was a "main street" for the fur-trade. The Wisconsin River travels nearly the entire length of the State and emp­ties into the Mississippi just below Prairie du Chien, about 300 miles from here. Because there are nearly fifty power and storage dams along its route today, the Wisconsin has been called "the hardest working river in America."

Erected 1955

 
Erected 1955 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 8.414′ N, 89° 12.361′ W. Marker is near Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin, in Vilas County. Marker is on U.S. 45 1.3 miles south of County Highway B, on the right when traveling south
Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
2. Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker
. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off just south of the Wisconsin River. Marker is in this post office area: Land O Lakes WI 54540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Wendy Lansbach Boglioli (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lac Vieux Desert (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. The Wisconsin River. (Submitted on September 16, 2010.) 

2. Wisconsin River. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 16, 2010.) 

3. The Wisconsin River. Another Wisconsin River marker in the database. (Submitted on September 16, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
3. Wisconsin River Headwaters Marker
The marker is in the foreground.
U.S. 45/State 32 Wisconsin River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
4. U.S. 45/State 32 Wisconsin River Bridge
Wisconsin River Mile #005.
Wisconsin River at the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
5. Wisconsin River at the Bridge
Flow direction is from right to left.
Canoe Landing image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
6. Canoe Landing
Located downstream from the bridge near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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