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

Wisconsin Dells

 
 
Wisconsin Dells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 14, 2007
1. Wisconsin Dells Marker
Inscription. The Indians believed that many years ago the Great Spirit, in the form of a snake, created the Dells when it forced its huge body through a narrow opening in the rocks. Geological studies, however, show that the Dells were formed some fifteen thousand years ago after a glacier turned the Wisconsin River into a new channel through the center of a sandstone plain. French-Canadian traders used their word “dalles”, meaning a trough or narrow passage, to describe this section of the Wisconsin River. Wind, weather and the river have combined to create the seven miles of chasms, cliffs, pillars and columns which form part of the many scenic features of the world-famous Dells.
 
Erected 1961 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 104.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 37.572′ N, 89° 47.07′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 13/16 0.1 miles east of U.S. 12, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located uphill at the end of a side road. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Wisconsin Dells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 14, 2007
2. Wisconsin Dells Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanton Peter Helland (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Dells (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kilbourn City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bailey's Landing (approx. half a mile away); H. H. Bennett Studio (approx. half a mile away); Stroud Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away); Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells was founded as Kilbourn City in 1857... To make it easier for tourists to identify Kilbourn City with the natural landscape it was famous for, the name of the city was changed to Wisconsin Dells. (Submitted on July 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Kilbourn Dam in Wisconsin Dells image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
3. Kilbourn Dam in Wisconsin Dells
Marker is near this location. Railroad bridge, highway bridge, hydroelectric dam shown. Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company coordinates the operation of 25 hydroelectric plants on the river and operates 21 reservoirs.
Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, April 5, 2011
4. Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, April 6, 2011
5. Wisconsin River
Kilbourn Dam can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,150 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on July 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on July 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2011, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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