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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Natural Wonders

Bascom Hill Historic District

 
 
Natural Wonders Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
1. Natural Wonders Marker
The marker is still dirty from recently completed construction in the area.
Inscription. Surrounded by the natural beauty of this campus, a student named John Muir developed a love of the outdoors that would touch not only his own life, but those of future generations. Muir left the University of Wisconsin in 1863 and became one of the most famous naturalists in America. His writings influenced the creation of our national park system and convinced the expanding nation that resources such as the great redwoods of California were worth preserving. These surroundings, which so inspired Muir, have helped to shape generations of environmental leaders who have followed in Muir's footsteps and are still working to ensure that the beauty of nature will endure.
 
Erected 2001 by the UW Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the University of Wisconsin marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.569′ N, 89° 24.2′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Observatory Drive 0.1 miles west of North Park Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Rasmus Björn Anderson
Natural Wonders Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
2. Natural Wonders Marker
Looking west, with Bascom Hall, at the top of Bascom Hill, in the background.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Robert E. Gard Memorial Storyteller's Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Power of Ideas (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Character (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Statue (about 300 feet away); Black Hawk (about 400 feet away); The First Dance (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Also see . . .
1. Muir Woods. The UW-Madison page on the woods. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Muir Knoll. The UW-Madison web page for the knoll. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

3. John Muir - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. EducationEnvironment
 
Natural Wonders Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
3. Natural Wonders Marker
Looking east, with Muir Woods and Lake Mendota in the background.
Natural Wonders Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
4. Natural Wonders Marker
A Muir Knoll stone marker is in the foreground and the Muir Woods is in the background.
Nearby Class Year Markers image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
5. Nearby Class Year Markers
As noted on the UW-Madison Muir Knoll web page (see link), "During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was common for senior classes to erect memorials bearing the year of their graduation. Several of these markers can be seen near the edge of Observatory Drive. Over the years, some have complained that the assemblage of markers makes the area look a graveyard. Indeed, pranksters once planted a stolen tombstone here!"
A Class Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
6. A Class Marker
Apparently a tongue-in-cheek marker, inscribed "In Memoriam, Senior Vacation, '93" (presumably 1893).
Nearby Stone image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 7, 2010
7. Nearby Stone
A nearby stone with graffiti from long-gone UW-Madison students.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   6, 7. 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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