Marker 21: Wisconsin River Headwaters

Erected 1955 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Land O' Lakes, Vilas County, Wisconsin
46° 8.414′ N, 89° 12.361′ W

WISCONSIN RIVER
HEADWATERS
About two miles east of here, the Wisconsin River has its source in Lac Vieux Desert. Several spellings and meanings were given to the name of the stream in early days. The Algonquian "Wees-konsan" means "the gathering of the waters." The Winnebago "Wees-koos-erah" is quite different, meaning "river with flowery banks." With its partner, the Fox River, the Wisconsin provided a super-highway for Indian, explorer, adventurer, missionary, and settler, and was a "main street" for the fur-trade. The Wisconsin River travels nearly the entire length of the State and emp­ties into the Mississippi just below Prairie du Chien, about 300 miles from here. Because there are nearly fifty power and storage dams along its route today, the Wisconsin has been called "the hardest working river in America."
The marker is located at a highway pull-off on Wisconsin Highway 32 / U.S. 45, just north of its intersection with Wisconsin River Road, just south of the Wisconsin / Michigan state lines, Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin 54540.

NOTE: I first visited this marker on Easter Sunday 2013, and was caught in an unexpected blizzard. I returned to the area May 31, 2013, and took the opportunity to rephotograph the marker. The "blizzard-less" photos are posted below.

Wikipedia: Wisconsin River

River Alliance of Wisconsin

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

See also, Marker 82: Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway, also at this location.


The marker is located near the 
Wisconsin / Michigan state line.

Rephotographed May 31, 2013





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