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Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rib Mountain State Park

 
 
Rib Mountain State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
1. Rib Mountain State Park Marker
Inscription.
The summit of this rock is the
highest known point in the state

–1940 feet above sea level–

This land, forty acres in area,
was presented to the commonwealth
on January 26, 1923, by the estate of

Jacob Gensman

The park was enlarged to 160 acres
by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau

This area was originally sandy beach
swept by the ocean. The sand was
finally hardened to quartzite rock
and by [slow] upheaval tilted on edge
and raised to its present height

 
Location. 44° 55.24′ N, 89° 41.678′ W. Marker is near Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of County Highway N. Touch for map. Marker is in Rib Mountain State Park (fee area). The plaque is mounted on the highest quartzite knob east of the observation tower. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau WI 54401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Charles E. Parker (a few steps from this marker); Ancient Ripples (a few steps from this marker); Monadnocks (within shouting distance of this marker);
Rib Mountain State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
2. Rib Mountain State Park Marker
a different marker also named Rib Mountain State Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mountain View (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pineries (approx. half a mile away); First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wausau.
 
Regarding Rib Mountain State Park. Rib Mountain was long thought to be the highest point in Wisconsin before it was displaced by Timm's Hill. Timm's Hill, located in the southern part of Price County, is the highest geographical point in Wisconsin, with an elevation 1951.5 feet above sea level. The second highest geological point in Wisconsin, Pearson Hill, is approximately a ½ mile to the southeast with an elevation of 1950.8 feet.
 
Also see . . .  Rib Mountain State Park. "This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth." (Submitted on June 22, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Highest Point image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
3. Highest Point
Elev. 1,940 Feet
Van Douser Tower image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
4. Van Douser Tower
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
5. Nearby Sign
Rib Mountain one of the highest elevations in Wisconsin stands above the neighboring country because it is composed of very hard rock (quartzite) which has been worn away more slowly by the elements than the softer rocks of the lowlands.
Sign and Obsevation Tower in the Distance image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
6. Sign and Obsevation Tower in the Distance
View from Tower image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
7. View from Tower
View from Tower image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
8. View from Tower
Rib Mountain/Granite Peak Ski Area image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
9. Rib Mountain/Granite Peak Ski Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,377 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5, 6. submitted on June 22, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   7, 8, 9. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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