“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The River

The River Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
1. The River Marker
Long before people came to what we now call Wisconsin, the Ice Age shaped the land.

The lower Wisconsin River Valley looks as it does today because the glaciers covering eastern and northern Wisconsin 10,000 years ago melted away. A huge glacial lake formed at the western edge of the glacier as the melting waters pooled. This part of the river channel was cut by the force of the water draining to the southwest from the glacial lake.

Swiftly moving water carried sand and gravel from the melting glaciers, depositing it in the Lower Wisconsin River valley. The valley would be as much as 200 feet deeper without this accumulation. Today, the shallow and shifting nature of the sands limit the types of boats that can travel on this section of the river.

Geology does not tell the only story.
According to some American Indian legends, the Wisconsin River was created by a manitou, or spirit, which took the form of a giant serpent. One day the serpent traveled from his home in the great forest to the sea. While crossing over the land he made a groove that filled with water. Streams arose from the grooves of other serpents that filled in all directions, fearing the manitou. At the Wisconsin Dells, large rocks blocked the great serpent's path. He pushed his head
The River Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
2. The River Marker
Marker is the left marker attached to the bricks.
into a crack and split the stone apart. The serpent continued on, but soon became tired. As he rested and rolled around, he widened the river channel.

Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Location. 43° 8.979′ N, 90° 42.896′ W. Marker is in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from Elm Street (U.S. 61) 0.3 miles south of State Highway 60, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Floyd Von Haden Boat Landing & Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Boscobel WI 53805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trade Links – River Borne (here, next to this marker); Boscobel - A River Town (here, next to this marker); Crossing the River (here, next to this marker); The Gideons (approx. 2.2 miles away); The "Dinky" (approx. 11.7 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 12.4 miles away); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 13.1 miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boscobel.
More about this marker. At the left side, the marker shows the lobes of the Continental Glacier reaching
The Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
3. The Wisconsin River
U.S. Highway 61 Bridge
down into southwestern Wisconsin.
Also see . . .
1. Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. (Submitted on September 2, 2011.)
2. Wisconsin River. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 2, 2011.) 
Categories. Native AmericansWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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