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Near La Crosse in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Coulee Region

 
 
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By Keith L, July 19, 2010
1. The Coulee Region Marker
Inscription.  Coulee is a term derived from the French verb "couler," meaning to flow. The area before you and in the entire coulee region of west central Wisconsin has been dissected by water erosion into a series of narrow ridges separated by steep-sided valleys called coulees. Fertile soils are farmed on the bottom and sides of coulees. The narrow ridges, often protected with woodlands, are capped by erosion resistant dolomite bedrock which commonly overlies sandstone. During formation of the coulees, erosion cut through the dolomite and removed the underlying weaker sandstone thereby creating the valleys. To the north and south of this marker you can view several coulees and intervening ridges and note that State Highway 33 is situated on one of the dolomite-capped ridges. The Wisconsin novelist, Hamlin Garland, was a native of this area and wrote about pioneer life in the coulee region.

Erected 1975

 
Erected 1975 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 209.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features
The Coulee Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
2. The Coulee Region Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 43° 47.442′ N, 91° 6.957′ W. Marker is near La Crosse, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 33 and Lost Ridge Road/Strittmater Road on State Highway 33. Marker is located at a scenic overlook 0.2 miles west of County Highway OA. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: W4210 State Highway 33, La Crosse WI 54601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German Methodist Episcopal Churches (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship (approx. 4.9 miles away); History of Flagpole (approx. 5 miles away); Quarrying the Bluffs of La Crosse (approx. 5 miles away); La Crosse: "A Choice Town" (approx. 5 miles away); The Driftless Area of Wisconsin (approx. 5 miles away); Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel (approx. 5.2 miles away); Myrick Park Mounds (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Crosse.
 
Also see . . .  Driftless Area. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 22, 2010.) 
 
Bishop's View Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
3. Bishop's View Overlook
Located on St. Joseph Ridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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