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Near Blue Mounds in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Brigham Park

 
 
Brigham Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
1. Brigham Park Marker
Inscription. You are looking north from the Military Ridge toward Mazomanie, which lies in the Wisconsin River Valley. Beyond the Wisconsin River bluffs, on a clear day, the higher Baraboo Hills can be seen 35 miles away. These hills, with some of the oldest rock on the continent, are fronted by the younger river bluffs of even height. Capped by the hard Prairie du Chien dolomite rock, the bluffs are the remains of an old "peneplain", a land worn flat by many years of erosion.

The contour strip farming displayed below is a soil conservation method of great importance in hilly, erosion-prone southwestern Wisconsin. This and other methods, such as minimum tillage, are necessary to conserve the light soil which was originally blown into this "driftless" or unglaciated area by winds.

Brigham Park contains one of the rare examples of a mature sugar maple forest in Southern Wisconsin. Explore it along the park nature trail. A combination of fertile soil and ample moisture has allowed these maples to grow to maturity. The damp environment, created by frequent fogs and a north-facing slope, protected the forest from prairie fires before the arrival of settlers. Within the forest, notice how the density and heavy shade of the trees modifies temperature, moisture, light and wind, creating a distinct air-conditioned "micro-environment" in summer.
Brigham Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
2. Brigham Park Marker
Looking northwest toward the marker.

 
Erected 1976 by the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
Location. 43° 1.663′ N, 89° 49.093′ W. Marker is near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from County Route F 0.8 miles north of Cave of the Mounds Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is in Brigham Park. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Mounds WI 53517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Brigham Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue Mounds Fort (approx. one mile away); Army Cargo Plane Crash (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elvers Corner (approx. 3.1 miles away); German Valley (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Town (approx. 4.6 miles away); Peculiar Corners (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blue Mounds.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers in the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
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North of Brigham Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
3. North of Brigham Park Marker
Looking north from the Military Ridge toward Mazomanie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on October 17, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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