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

The Lower Narrows

 
 
The Lower Narrows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sherry, December 2, 2007
1. The Lower Narrows Marker
Inscription. This large gap, called the Lower Narrows, is one of three major gorges that cut through the 50 mile circumference of the Baraboo Range. These gorges were created by rivers more than 500 million years ago and then buried by sediments in a vast sea over the next 150 million years. Wind, water and glacial erosion have once again exposed the gorges. The Baraboo River now flows through the Upper Narrows gorge near Rock Springs, entering a basin surrounded by the Baraboo Range, and exits here at the Lower Narrows. Notable for its ancient rock formations, the Lower Narrows features vertically-tilted Precambrian pink Baraboo quartzite rock ribs on both walls of the gorge. Red rhyolite rock, over 1.5 billion years old, is visible on the northeast flank of the Lower Narrows along Highway 33. Devilís Lake, in the longest and deepest gorge of the Baraboo Range, was formed when the gap was blocked by glacial debris 15,000 years ago. Of the Baraboo Range, geologist and president of the University of Wisconsin, Charles R. Van Hise commented: “I know of no other region in Wisconsin which illustrates so many principles of the science of geology.”
 
Erected 1996 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 338.)
 
Marker series. This marker is
The Lower Narrows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
2. The Lower Narrows Marker
included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 30.15′ N, 89° 37.974′ W. Marker is near Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on State Highway 33 west of County Highway U, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Baraboo WI 53913, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Man Mound (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Mary's of the Pines (approx. 4.9 miles away); Indian Mounds and Village (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Ringling Brothers of Baraboo (approx. 5.7 miles away); Thompson House Hotel (approx. 5.9 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sauk County Civil War Monument (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baraboo.
 
Also see . . .  Geology by Lightplane. Aerial photos of the area. (Submitted on December 3, 2007.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Lower Narrows and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, January 9, 2009
3. The Lower Narrows and Marker
The Lower Narrows image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
4. The Lower Narrows
View from highway pull-off.
The Lower Narrows image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, January 9, 2009
5. The Lower Narrows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,432 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 3, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on December 27, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   4. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on December 27, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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