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Near Cross Plains in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Festge Park

 
 
Festge Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
1. Festge Park Marker
Inscription. You are looking across a deep preglacial valley. Once glacial meltwaters drained west to the Wisconsin River, depositing sand and gravel brought south to Middleton by the giant ice sheets. Today, winding through this unglaciated outwash plain is Black Earth Creek -- Dane County's most productive trout stream.

Although aided by fish stocking and habitat improvement, the creek's greatest asset is the abundant flow of cold spring water filtering through the gravel. This rapid flow turns high water fertility, from farmland and sewage, into fish food. The creek's flow keeps oxygen high and temperatures low while also scouring away mud and silt from the gravel bottom -- necessities for trout reproduction. The evergreen plantings along the creek mark the birthplace of Madison Schools' Outdoor "Work-Learn" Conservation Program.

Bordering the valley, the dolomite limestone bluffs support oak woods which date from the first days of fire protection in settlement times. Where conditions are too dry for oaks, lime-loving red cedars of interesting sizes and shapes have come in as grazing reduced the grass cover, as on the slope below. Restoring the drouth-resistant prairie on this dry, sunny slope could link the park to the strip of unplowed presettlement prairie which still exists along the railroad below. This is desirable now
Festge Park Overlook image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
2. Festge Park Overlook
Looking east from the overlook where the marker is located.
that prairie plants are rare, and there is much interest in replanting them.
 
Erected 1976 by Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
Location. 43° 7.177′ N, 89° 41.19′ W. Marker is near Cross Plains, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Scherbel Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is at the overlook just past Shelter No. 2 in Festge Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cross Plains WI 53528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Plain Good Building of Cross Plains (approx. 1.9 miles away); Kerl School (approx. 2 miles away); Haney's Tavern (approx. 2.2 miles away); Patrons' Mercantile Co-op (approx. 3.4 miles away); Vermont Creek (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Halfway Prairie (approx. 5.1 miles away); Indian Lake Passage (approx. 5.5 miles away); Indian Lake (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cross Plains.
 
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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Festge Park Overlook image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
3. Festge Park Overlook
Looking south from the overlook where the marker is located.
Festge Park Overlook image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
4. Festge Park Overlook
Looking west from the overlook where the marker is located.
 
 
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