Saint Croix Falls in Polk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Nelson held elective office for thirty-two years, including two terms as Wisconsin governor (1959–1963) and three terms in the U.S. Senate (1963–1981). As senator, Nelson was an environmental leader, working to protect the Appalachian Trail corridor, implementing a National Trail System, ban the pesticide DDT, established the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, pass the Wilderness Act, and founded Earth Day. Twenty million people, 10 percent of the American public, participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
When Nelson received
Erected 2006 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 504.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 24.93′ N, 92° 38.753′ W. Marker is in Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from East Massachusetts Street west of North Washington Street (Wisconsin Highway 87), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the parkway south of the National Park Headquarters, between River Place and North Hamilton Street. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Croix Falls WI 54024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where are the Falls? (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); River Spirit (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thompson–Boughton Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix? Saint Croix Falls Hydroelectric Project (approx. 0.4 miles away in Minnesota); The Battle of St. Croix Falls (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Croix Falls Lions Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chisago Hotel (approx. one mile away in Minnesota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Croix Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Gaylord Nelson Dies at 89. "When the Audubon Society recognized 100 people who had shaped the environmental movement in the 20th Century, it said the two political figures on the list who stood out were Nelson and President Theodore Roosevelt." (Submitted on December 28, 2008.)
2. Gaylord Nelson Historical Marker Unveiled. "The day's events included the dedication of an official state historical marker commemorating Nelson's local and global contributions to environmentalism." (Submitted on December 28, 2008.)
3. Biographical Directory of the U. S. Congress - Gaylord Nelson. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
4. How the First Earth Day Came About by Senator Gaylord Nelson. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Environment • Notable Persons • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.