Marker 248: Great Divide

© Photographed October 1, 2012
Erected 1978 by Washington County Landmarks Commission
West Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin
43° 25.623′ N, 88° 15.833′ W
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You are now on the great divide which separates the two principal drainage areas of Wisconsin. Water falling to the west of this ridge runs down the Rock River into the “Father of Waters” and after 1,400 miles reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Water which falls to the east of the ridge drains into the Milwaukee River, then down through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River 2,000 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The elevation of the divide at this point is approximately 600 feet above Lake Michigan and 1,180 feet above sea level.
The marker is located at a highway pullout on eastbound Wisconsin Highway 33 / 144, just west of its intersection with Glacier Drive / Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, West Bend, Wisconsin 53095.

 Map showing the major Continental divides of North America.
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Always grateful for a sign pointing the way,
especially with coordinating fall colors!

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