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Near Rock Springs in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Van Hise Rock

 
 
Van Hise Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
1. Van Hise Rock Marker
Inscription. This outcrop of Baraboo Quartzite, located in the Baraboo Hills and known as Van Hise Rock, has been the focus of national and international scientific interest for over one hundred years. The rock is named in honor of University of Wisconsin Professor Charles R. Van Hise (1857-1918), renowned geologist, conservationist and President of the University of Wisconsin. In the 1890s, Van Hise used this outcrop to demonstrate the kinds of changes that occur in rocks during periods of mountain formation. Van Hise's observations of the Baraboo Hills would help to develop his groundbreaking concepts of structural and metamorphic geology. Later, these concepts would be universally accepted as the principles of structural geology. Van Hise Rock has become the single most important locality to demonstrate these principles. Countless geologists and students visit Van Hise Rock and the Baraboo Hills as a geologist mecca and continue to learn from this exceptionally diverse geologic laboratory.
 
Erected 1999 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 413.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 29.323′ N, 89° 54.944′ 
Van Hise Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
2. Van Hise Rock Marker
W. Marker is near Rock Springs, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on North River Street (State Highway 136) 0.8 miles north of Broadway (State Highway 154), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Springs WI 53961, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Van Hise Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society (approx. 2.9 miles away); Vodak Memorial Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist (approx. 3.1 miles away); Babb's Ford (approx. 5.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Clare Briggs, Cartoonist (approx. 5.9 miles away); Ringling Brothers Circus (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Rock Springs (Abelman's Gorge, Van Hise Rock). (Submitted on June 13, 2009.)
 
Categories. EducationNatural Features
 
Van Hise Rock and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
3. Van Hise Rock and Marker
Van Hise Rock image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
4. Van Hise Rock
National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
5. National Historic Landmark Plaque
National Register of Historic Places #97001267
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 919 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 30, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 13, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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