“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Monroe County Wisconsin Historical Markers

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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
Ice Age National Scientific Reserve Marker
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Camp Douglas — Ice Age National Scientific Reserve
[graphic of] Prominent Glacial Features Deep winter in Wisconsin lasts about three months. But during the last two million years, dramatic shifts in climate produced periods with longer winters. These cold spells lasted thousands of . . . — Map (db m40197) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Camp Douglas — 124 — Mesas and Buttes
This is Mill Bluff, one of many isolated and rocky castle-like hills which rise abruptly from the surrounding plain. This formation is properly called a mesa (Spanish for "table") if large and butte if small. Mesas and buttes in this driftless . . . — Map (db m31736) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Cataract — CataractTown of Little Falls
Hunting ground of the "Muskwaki" (Fox) Indians. Settled by J. E. Rathbone in 1855 Prospered as a stage coach stop with churches, hotels, general stores and mills. — Map (db m118453) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Cataract — The Paul and Matilda Wegner GrottoCirca 1929-1936
The Paul and Matilda Wegner Grotto is a fantastic environment of concrete sculpture decorated with thousands of colorful glass shards. The Wegners began building their Grotto around their farm home after their retirement in 1929. Developed over . . . — Map (db m118461) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Kendall — 253 — Elroy – Sparta State Trail
This 32 mile state trail was formerly the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The conversion from “rail to trail” represented a new concept in recreational development. Utilizing the abandoned railbed, it was the first . . . — Map (db m18710) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Leon — 520 — Donald "Deke" Slayton
Astronaut Deke Slayton was born in Sparta on March 1, 1924. His parents, Victoria and Charles Slayton, lived on a farm in the town of Leon. As a young boy, he attended Leon School in this building, which now serves as the Leon Community Center. . . . — Map (db m43574) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — Civil War Cannon
This Civil War cannon was captured from Confederate forces by Wisconsin troops on Island Number 10 near Vicksburg. Brought to Sparta by Mr. W. H. Farnham in 1867. — Map (db m8611) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — 198 — Coulee Country
From the hills all around, rugged valleys collect for rivers that feed the mighty Mississippi. The early French called such a valley a coulee. These many valleys, large and small, still are known as coulees, a regional name for a regional landscape. . . . — Map (db m8921) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — 488 — Masonic Lodge
The Masons constructed this building in 1923, as Sparta's first building devoted entirely to a social organization. The architecture is characterized by an eclectic mix of Classical Revival and Prairie School influences. Noted regional architect and . . . — Map (db m9037) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — 489 — Monroe County Courthouse
Monroe County was created in 1854, and Sparta became the county seat. The present building is the third Monroe County courthouse and replaced an 1863 courthouse. It was constructed in 1895 at a cost in excess of $50,000. Chicago architect Mifflin E. . . . — Map (db m8960) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — 490 — Sparta Free Library
Prior to the construction of this building in 1902, the Sparta Free Library had several homes in the community. Schick and Roth, a LaCrosse architectural firm, designed the library building. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie provided construction . . . — Map (db m9054) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — 487 — U.S. Post Office
Prior to the construction of this building in 1915, Sparta's post office was housed in a variety of buildings such as the nearby Masonic Temple. Although the initial federal appropriation for the post office was secured by Congressman John Esch . . . — Map (db m9003) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Sparta — Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery
On the 223 acres which surround this peaceful place, many hundreds of children whose young lives were touched by tragedy and misfortune lived here at the Wisconsin Child Center, formerly known as the State Public School for Dependent and Neglected . . . — Map (db m26634) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Tomah — Robert Howie
Robert Howie (1830-1913) came to Tomah in 1858 from County Ayshire Scotland and homesteaded land. Howie worked with Robert Gillett and C C Miller surveying the Tomah Area. He was Tomah's first Rural Mail Carrier. His interest in agriculture . . . — Map (db m44774) HM
Wisconsin (Monroe County), Tomah — 88 — Tomah
When this site was selected for a settlement in 1855, one of its founders read in an old history of the state that the Menominee Chief Tomah had at one time gathered his tribe in this vicinity for a conference. He suggested the name "Tomah" for . . . — Map (db m3960) HM

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