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West Bend in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Great Divide

 
 
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By Paul F, September 20, 2009
1. Great Divide Marker
Inscription.  You are now on the great divide which separates the two principal drainage areas of Wisconsin. Water falling to the west of this ridge runs down the Rock River into the “Father of Waters” and after 1,400 miles reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Water which falls to the east of the ridge drains into the Milwaukee River, then down through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River 2,000 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The elevation of the divide at this point is approximately 600 feet above Lake Michigan and 1,180 feet above sea level.
 
Erected 1978 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 248.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 43° 25.623′ N, 88° 15.833′ W. Marker is in West Bend, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is on State Highway 33 ¼ mile west of State Highway 144. South side of highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Bend WI 53090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At
Great Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 20, 2009
2. Great Divide Marker
least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Rural Power Line (approx. 2.4 miles away); Timmer’s Resort (approx. 3½ miles away); Cedar Lake Yacht Club (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stephan F. Mayer Home (approx. 3.9 miles away); The West Bend Aluminum Company (approx. 3.9 miles away); Washington House (approx. 4 miles away); Old Settlers Triangle (approx. 4 miles away); Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bend.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,214 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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