WRL-79: The Mindoro Cut

© Photographed September 4, 1913
Erected 1970 by the Mindoro 4-H Club
Mindoro, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
43° 58.446′ N, 91° 5.723′ W

This cut, located at the highest point on state highway 108 between Mindoro and West Salem, is 74 feet deep and 25 feet wide. It was hand-hewn out of hard rock in 1907-08. All work was completed with only horse-drawn equipment and hand tools. As far as known it is the second largest hand-hewn cut in the nation.
The marker is at the intersection of State Highway 108 and McClintock Road, at a small unpaved parking area, Mindoro, Wisconsin 54644. 

This marker and location are included in the Wisconsin Registered Landmarks program (1964-1973).

The Mindoro Cut is included in the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin.

The road to the the Mindoro Cut is narrow, steep (my ears popped several times), and twisting -- a fun, beautiful drive. Check out the You Tube video (below) of one Ninja-rider's ascent to the cut (check your volume, unless you enjoy the high-pitched whine of a motorcycle).

See also, Historic Mindoro: The Mindoro Cut, a related marker in nearby downtown Mindoro.

 Road signs warning of treacherous descent

This Mindoro mural honors The Mindoro Cut.

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