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

Sphagnum Moss

Wisconsin’s Invisible Industry

Sphagnum Moss Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. Sphagnum Moss Marker
Inscription. Marshy sections of Jackson, Monroe, Wood and Clark counties produce large quan­tities of Sphagnum moss, providing a major but little known state resource. The ability of Sphagnum to hold 20 times its weight in water makes it invaluable for keeping plants and nursery stock alive in shipment. It is also used in hydroponic gardening, for air shipment of flowers, and because it is sterile it is used in surgical dressings and in seed germination to prevent fungus attack in seeds. Sphagnum replaces itself in the central wetland marshes after harvest and is ready to be pulled again every three years. Harvest seasons run from spring until marshes freeze in the fall. Over 300,000 bales are pulled annually for shipment all over the world. No other state produces Sphagnum commercially.
Erected 1974 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 204.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 13.566′ N, 90° 42.464′ W. Marker is near Millston, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker is on Interstate 94 at milepost 124, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is northwest of Millston at eastbound Rest Area 53. Marker is in this post office area: Millston WI 54643, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Sphagnum Moss Marker (Left Side) image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. Sphagnum Moss Marker (Left Side)
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winnebago Indians (a few steps from this marker); Black River Valley (approx. 2.1 miles away); Highground Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Black River Falls Forest Fire (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Passenger Pigeon (approx. 2.1 miles away); Shamrock (approx. 6.1 miles away); Martin W. Torkelson (approx. 6.6 miles away); Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. (approx. 7.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  Sphagnum Moss. "In what is now the Central Wisconsin marshland, the glacier split and created a huge lake leaving the prehistoric sphagnum moss plant to flourish. When the glaciers receded during the Jurassic Period, the sprawling marshland that remained was filled with live sphagnum moss." (Submitted on November 9, 2007.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,917 times since then. Last updated on November 22, 2011, by John Heaton of Madison, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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