Marker 16: Castle Rock

 Erected 1967 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Camp Douglas, Juneau County, Wisconsin
43° 55.296′ N, 90° 15.546′ W

You are standing on what was once the bottom of a glacial lake in which Castle Rock, the formation rising before you, was an island. Thousands of years of erosion by water, ice and wind created the surface features you see in this area.

The wayside where Castle Rock stands is part of Camp Williams, the Wisconsin State Military Reservation acquired in 1900. It is the birthplace of the famous 32nd "Red Arrow" Division which was organized in 1917 and originally composed of National Guardsmen from Wisconsin and Michigan. Fighting men of the 32nd who trained here were named "Les Terribles" by the French for their action in World War I. In World War II a succeeding generation carried on the Division's reputation for dogged persistence and valor in battling the Japanese from New Guinea to the Philippines.
The marker is located at the Castle Rock Wayside on eastbound County Road C, just east of its intersection with Wisconsin Avenue, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin 54618.

First visited Castle Rock November 2, 2012; returned September 4, 2013, and rephotographed. This is a lovely setting, with picnic tables and hiking trails. Plan to spend a little time here, weather permitting.

There are several markers in Wisconsin honoring the U.S. 32nd Division. Use the "U.S. 32nd Division" label below to create a list of these markers.

 View of Castle Rock from highway 94/90.
(September 2013)

Castle Rock November 2, 2012

 Castle Rock has prominence in Camp Douglas!

1 comment:

castle rock lake said...

Beautiful place i have visited a lot of time's.!

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