Coulee Country

Coulee Country (HM5NJ)

Location: Sparta, WI 54656 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 54.607', W 90° 52.853'

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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.

Here the glaciers never came. The great ice sheets grinding out of the north sometimes passed to the west, other times to the east, to plane the land, carve out the Great Lakes, and leave deep deposits of gravel and other sediment everywhere but in coulee country.

Coulee views along the Mississippi are proudly compared with the Palisades of the Hudson and the hills along the Rhine. Coulee Country is world known through the writings of Hamlin Garland, 1860-1940, a native son.
HM NumberHM5NJ
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number198
Year Placed1973
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 7:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 670156 N 4864072
Decimal Degrees43.91011667, -90.88088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 54.607', W 90° 52.853'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 54' 36.42" N, 90° 52' 51.18" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 543 I-90, Sparta WI 54656, US
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