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Near Black Earth in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Vermont Creek

 
 
Vermont Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
1. Vermont Creek Marker
Inscription. This once clear tributary to the Wisconsin River now carries tons of soil from croplands on ridges and slopes. Silver maples, willows and box elders grow on the soil deposited by erosion. The low peaty meadows on both sides of the creek serve as a sponge by trapping silt and providing a steady supply of cleaner water to the creek, enabling some trout to survive.

Springtime brings a gala display as the yellow marsh marigold and blue flags bloom to a chorus of frogs and toads amid the humps of grass-like tussock sedges. During the summer the meadow is a favorite nesting spot for many small song birds such as the marsh wren and song sparrow.

In contrast to the planted acreage across the road, the diverse lowland plants here provide a variety of cover and food for deer, pheasants and many butterflies. Maintaining remaining wetland areas such as this one is a key to preserving our native wildlife.

An interesting tall plant found here and farther up Highway JJ is the teasel. Its thistle-like heads have been used for centuries to comb wool fibers. Perhaps a fuller once lived near here -- a person whose profession was cleaning and thickening fabrics.
 
Erected 1976 by the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
Location.
Vermont Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
2. Vermont Creek Marker
The field on the same side of the road as the marker includes a planted area, unlike the field on the other side of the road (contrary to the statement on the marker -- was it meant to be placed on the other side of the road?)
43° 6.702′ N, 89° 45.449′ W. Marker is near Black Earth, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on County Road JJ 0.1 miles west of State Highway 78, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Black Earth WI 53515, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Patrons' Mercantile Co-op (approx. 1.9 miles away); Peculiar Corners (approx. 3.1 miles away); Elvers Corner (approx. 3.5 miles away); Festge Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Train Wreck of 1906 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Turntable, The Engine House, The Water Tower (approx. 4.7 miles away); Crescent Street Factories, Mazomanie Blacksmiths, Coal Buildings (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers in the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
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Vermont Creek Sign image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
3. Vermont Creek Sign
Vermont Creek image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
4. Vermont Creek
The creek is a few hundred feet east of the marker.
Vermont Creek image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
5. Vermont Creek
Another view of the creek with a plant (on the left) that I thought might be a teasel (because it looks like something from Dr. Seuss, which is how "teasel" sounds) but was not.
Vermont Creek image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
6. Vermont Creek
Teasel image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia (MPF)
7. Teasel
Field across the road from the marker (looking toward Vermont Creek) image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
8. Field across the road from the marker (looking toward Vermont Creek)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 872 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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