Wisconsin River Headwaters

Wisconsin River Headwaters (HMNX7)

Location: Land O Lakes, WI 54540 Vilas County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 8.414', W 89° 12.361'

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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 emp?ties 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."

Erected 1955
HM NumberHMNX7
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number21
Year Placed1955
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 329616 N 5111994
Decimal Degrees46.14023333, -89.20601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 8.414', W 89° 12.361'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 8' 24.84" N, 89° 12' 21.66" W
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Area Code(s)906, 715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6078 Ush 45, Land O Lakes WI 54540, US
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