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Near Reads Landing in Wabasha County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lake Pepin

 
 
Lake Pepin Geological Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
1. Lake Pepin Geological Marker
Inscription. Lake Pepin occupies the Mississippi Valley above this point for a distance of 22 miles. The lake is formed by the delta of the Chippewa River which enters the Mississippi directly east of this site.

The Chippewa, a relatively small river, has a much steeper gradient than that of the Mississippi. It was therefore able to transport more sand and coarser gravel than the master stream could remove. In consequence the Mississippi was dammed back in the gorge to form Lake Pepin.

The surface of the lake is 664 feet above sea level and 450 feet below the top of the bluffs which line its shores.

The sand and limestone walls of the gorge are composed of material deposited in Cambrian and Ordovician seas when the continent was submerged some 400 million years ago.

The bottom of the gorge is 150 feet below the lake surface having been filled to its present elevation as the carrying power of the river decreased.

[Seals of the Minnesota Department of Highways and The Minnesota Historical Society]
Geological Society of Minnesota

 
Erected 1950 by the Geological Society of Minnesota. (Marker Number WB-PEP-012.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
Lake Pepin Geological Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
2. Lake Pepin Geological Marker
Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 24.607′ N, 92° 6.421′ W. Marker is near Reads Landing, Minnesota, in Wabasha County. Marker is on Great River Road (U.S. 61) 1.5 miles north of 9th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the eastern end of Reads Landing / Lake Pepin Scenic Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Reads Landing MN 55968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Lake Pepin (within shouting distance of this marker); The River of Rafts (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchor from the "Phil Scheckel" (approx. 3.2 miles away in Wisconsin); Laura Ingalls Wilder (approx. 3.2 miles away in Wisconsin); The Bridge (approx. 4 miles away); Wapahasha I / Wapahasha II / Wapahasha III (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reads Landing.
 
More about this marker. The original 1939 bronze plaque was replaced by this current geological plaque in 1950.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lake Pepin. Wikipedia entry. "Lake Pepin is a naturally
Lake Pepin Geological Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
3. Lake Pepin Geological Marker
occurring lake, and the widest naturally occurring part of the Mississippi River... [it is] the largest lake on the entire Mississippi River." (Submitted on August 6, 2011.) 

2. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory. "Built into the eastern end of the wall is a stone shrine-type marker. It has a rectangular shaft that supports a rectangular aluminum plaque set within a niche." (Submitted on August 6, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Lake Pepin and Nearby Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
4. Lake Pepin and Nearby Historical Marker
Reads Landing Overlook
National Register of Historic Places #04001359
Plaque Beneath Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
5. Plaque Beneath Marker
Constructed by National Youth Administration
1939
Eastern End, Southern Pier Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
6. Eastern End, Southern Pier Plaque
Constructed by National Youth Administration
cooperating with Minnesota Department of Highways
1939
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 6, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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