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Near Sparta in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Coulee Country

 
 
Coulee Country Marker (Refurbished Marker June 8, 2021) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Fitzie Heimdahl
1. Coulee Country Marker (Refurbished Marker June 8, 2021)
Inscription.  From the hills all around, rugged valleys collect for rivers that feed the mighty Mississippi. The early French called such a valley a coulee. These many valleys, large and small, still are known as coulees, a regional name for a regional landscape.

Here the glaciers never came. The great ice sheets grinding out of the north sometimes passed to the west, other times to the east, to plane the land, carve out the Great Lakes, and leave deep deposits of gravel and other sediment everywhere but in coulee country.

Coulee views along the Mississippi are proudly compared with the Palisades of the Hudson and the hills along the Rhine. Coulee Country is world known through the writings of Hamlin Garland, 1860-1940, a native son.
 
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 198.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
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43° 54.607′ N, 90° 52.853′ W. Marker is near Sparta, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 21,, 3 miles west of Black River Street (State Highway 27), on the right when traveling west. Marker is at westbound Rest Area 16. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta WI 54656, 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. The Driftless Area (a few steps from this marker); Donald "Deke" Slayton (approx. 3˝ miles away); Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 4.2 miles away); Masonic Lodge (approx. 4.2 miles away); U.S. Post Office (approx. 4.2 miles away); Sparta Free Library (approx. 4.2 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 4˝ miles away); Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Coulee Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. Coulee Country Marker
Coulee Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
3. Coulee Country Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,151 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 8, 2021, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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