“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lyndon Station in Juneau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Wisconsin River

“The Nationís Hardest-Working River”

The Wisconsin River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. The Wisconsin River Marker
Inscription. From its source at Lac Vieux Desert to the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, the Wisconsin River descends 1,071 feet in 430 miles. Twenty-six power dams utilize 640 feet of the fall of the river to produce an annual average of one billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy. The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, created after passage of state enabling legislation in 1907, operates a system of 21 reservoir dams in the upper valley designed to store water during high flow periods for use in the downstream power dams during periods of low flow. The reservoir system, in addition to enhancing power production, diminishes flood damage and enriches the recreational potential of the valley. The system of private development and management under state regulation, made possible by the 1907 legislation, is unique and has enabled the Wisconsin River to earn the title "The Nation's Hardest-Working River."
Erected 1982 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 269.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 45.45′ N, 89° 58.05′ W. Marker is near Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, in Juneau County. Marker can be reached from
The Wisconsin River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. The Wisconsin River Marker
Interstate 90/94 at milepost 74, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is northwest of Lyndon Station at eastbound Rest Area 9. Marker is in this post office area: Lyndon Station WI 53944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Iron Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sand Counties – Aldo Leopold Territory (approx. one mile away); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. one mile away); Hop Raising (approx. 4.8 miles away); Orland S. Loomis (1893–1942) (approx. 6 miles away); Stewart's Chapel (approx. 6.6 miles away); New Lisbon Civil War Memorial (approx. 12.8 miles away); Stanton Peter Helland (approx. 12.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lyndon Station.
Regarding The Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company is unique because no other company coordinates an entire river system from one central location for several separate waterpower users.
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. "The Wisconsin River is the largest river in Wisconsin and the namesake of the state (ie, the state was named after the river)." (Submitted on December 11, 2007.) 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,307 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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