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Wisconsin Dells in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Geology of the Wisconsin Dells

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
1. Geology of the Wisconsin Dells Marker
Inscription.  The word "Dells" was derived from the French word "Dalles," meaning flat-layered or slab rock. These layers of rock were formed during the Cambrian period, 500 million years ago, when the North American Continent was completely covered by an ocean, the Cambrian Sea. Layer upon layer of sand and silt formed on the bottom of this ocean and as the water receded, the layers of minerals solidified into sandstone. bee In the beginning of the Ice Age, approximately 1 million years ago, a series of glacial movements transformed the landscape, tearing of hill tops, filling valleys and leveling out the surface of the earth in the northern and eastern parts of Wisconsin. The Dells was located on the extreme eastern margin of a "drift less' area which was untouched by the glaciers. However, thousands of years later when the glaciers began to melt, the water formed enormous and powerful streams which pushed ice, rock and debris through the sandstone forming the spectacular rugged beauty of the river shorelines.
Today, nature is still sculpturing the Wisconsin Dells, molding and fashioning with wind, water and frost to create some of the world's most
Geology of the Wisconsin Dells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2020
2. Geology of the Wisconsin Dells Marker
magnificent scenery.
 
Erected by Dells Boat Tours.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 43° 37.677′ N, 89° 46.648′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Broadway near Eddy Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the Wisconsin Dells (here, next to this marker); Alexander Mitchell Steamboat Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); River Excursions (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wisconsin River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kilbourn City (about 300 feet away); The Kilbourn Dam (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
More about this marker. To access this marker take the stairs or elevator to the water-level Dells Boat Tours docks.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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