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Term: Wisconsin River Headwaters (Historic Marker Erected 1954)


Hwy. 45, 1.5 mi. S of Land 0' Lakes, Vilas County 

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 "weer-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 emp­ties into the Mississippi just below Prairie du Chien, about 300 miles from here. Because there are nearly 50 power and storage dams along its route today, the Wisconsin has been called "the hardest working river in America."

[Source: McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead (Madison:WHS, 1999).]

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Wabeno [origin of place name]
Wabeno, Forest Co.
Wabeno, Town of, Forest Co.
Waboo Creek [origin of place name]
Wagner, Marinette Co.
Wagner, Town of, Marinette Co.
Waino, Douglas Co.
Walders, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Waldo [origin of place name]
Waldo, Sheboygan Co.
Waldo, Village of, Sheboygan Co.
Waldwick, Iowa Co.
Waldwick, Town of, Iowa Co.
Wales, Village of, Waukesha Co.
Wales, Waukesha Co.
Walhain, Kewaunee Co.
Walker, Wood Co.
Walsh, Marinette Co.
Walworth County [origin of place name]
Walworth, Town of, Walworth Co.
Walworth, Village of, Walworth Co.
Walworth, Walworth Co.
Wandawega Lake
Wanderoos, Polk Co.
Waneka [origin of place name]
War of 1812 (Historic Marker Erected 1964)
Warner's Mill, Election precinct of, Grant Co.
Warner, Town of, Clark Co.
Warren, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Warren, Town of, Waukesha Co.
Warren, Town of, Waushara Co.
Warrens, Monroe Co.
Warrens, Village of, Monroe Co.
Warrentown, Pierce Co.
Wartime Shipbuilding (Historic Marker Erected 1990
Wascott, Douglas Co.
Wascott, Town of, Douglas Co.
Washburn County [origin of place name]
Washburn [origin of place name]
Washburn, Bayfield Co.
Washburn, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Washburn, Town of, Clark Co.
Washington Avenue Historic District (Historic Mark
Washington County [origin of place name]
Washington Island [origin of place name]
Washington, Door Co.
Washington, Town of, Door Co.
Washington, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
Washington, Town of, Green Co.
Washington, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Washington, Town of, Rusk Co.
Washington, Town of, Sauk Co.
Washington, Town of, Shawano Co.
Washington, Town of, Vilas Co.
Washington, Town of, Washington Co.
Waterbury, Jackson Co.
Waterford, Racine Co.
Waterford, Town of, Racine Co.
Waterford, Village of, Racine Co.
Waterloo [origin of place name]
Waterloo, Jefferson Co.
Waterloo, Town of, Grant Co.
Waterloo, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Watertown Plank Road (Historic Marker Erected 1955
Watertown [brief history]
Watertown [origin of place name]
Watertown, Jefferson Co.
Watertown, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Waterville, Town of, Pepin Co.
Waterville, Waukesha Co.
Watterstown, Town of, Grant Co.
Waubeek [origin of place name]
Waubeek, Town of, Pepin Co.
Waubeesee Lake [origin of place name]
Waubeka, Ozaukee Co.
Waucedah, Town of, Juneau Co.
Waucousta, Fond du Lac Co.
Waukau [origin of place name]
Waukau, Winnebago Co.
Waukechon [origin of place name]
Waukechon, Town of, Shawano Co.
Waukeesha Lake, Racine Co.
Waukesha County [origin of place name]
Waukesha [brief history]
Waukesha [origin of place name]
Waukesha, Town of, Waukesha Co.
Waukesha, Waukesha Co.
Waumandee, Buffalo Co.
Waumandee, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Waunakee [origin of place name]
Waunakee, Dane Co.
Waunakee, Village of, Dane Co.
Waupaca County [origin of place name]
Waupaca [brief history]
Waupaca, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Waupaca, Waupaca Co.
Waupee, Town of, Oconto Co.
Waupun [brief history]
Waupun [origin of place name]
Waupun, Fond du Lac Co.
Waupun, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Wausau Junction, Marathon Co.
Wausau [brief history]
Wausau [origin of place name]
Wausau, Marathon Co.
Wausau, Town of, Marathon Co.
Wausaukee [origin of place name]
Wausaukee, Marinette Co.
Wausaukee, Town of, Marinette Co.
Wausaukee, Village of, Marinette Co.
Waushara County [origin of place name]
Waushara, Town of, Dodge Co.
Waushara, Town of, Waushara Co.
Wautoma [origin of place name]
Wautoma, Town of, Waushara Co.
Wautoma, Waushara Co.
Wauwatosa [brief history]
Wauwatosa [origin of place name]
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Co.
Wauwatosa, Town of, Milwaukee Co.
Wauzeka [origin of place name]
Wauzeka, Crawford Co.
Wauzeka, Town of, Crawford Co.
Wauzeka, Village of, Crawford Co.
Waverly Beach, Winnebago Co.
Waverly, Pierce Co.
Waxdale, Racine Co.
Wayne, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Wayne, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Wayne, Town of, Washington Co.
Wayne, Washington Co.
Wayside, Brown Co.
Webb Lake, Burnett Co.
Webb Lake, Town of, Burnett Co.
Weber, Marathon Co.
Weblake [origin of place name]
Webster Township [origin of place name]
Webster [origin of place name]
Webster, Burnett Co.
Webster, Town of, Vernon Co.
Webster, Village of, Burnett Co.
Weedens, Sheboygan Co.
Weelaune, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Weirgor, Sawyer Co.
Weirgor, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Welch Point (historical), Dunn Co.
Welcome, Outagamie Co.
Wellcome, Henry Soloman, Sir (1853-1936)(Historic
Welling Beach, Fond du Lac Co.
Wellington, Town of, Monroe Co.
Wells, Manitowoc Co.
Wells, Town of, Monroe Co.
Wentworth, Douglas Co.
Wequiock [origin of place name]
Wequiock, Brown Co.
Werley [origin of place name]
Werley, Grant Co.
Wesacota River
Wescott, Town of, Shawano Co.
West Allis [brief history]
West Allis, Milwaukee Co.
West Almond, Portage Co.
West Bancroft, Portage Co.
West Baraboo, Sauk Co.
West Baraboo, Village of, Sauk Co.
West Bend [brief history]
West Bend [origin of place name]
West Bend, Town of, Washington Co.
West Bend, Washington Co.
West Bloomfield, Waushara Co.
West De Pere, Brown Co.
West Denmark, Polk Co.
West Eau Claire, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
West Granville, Milwaukee Co.
West Kewaunee, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
West Kraft, Lincoln Co.
West La Crosse, La Crosse Co.
West Lima, Richland Co.
West Marshland, Town of, Burnett Co.
West Middleton, Dane Co.
West Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co.
West Milwaukee, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
West Point [origin of place name]
West Point, Town of, Columbia Co.
West Prairie, Trempealeau Co.
West Prairie, Vernon Co.
West Rosendale, Fond du Lac Co.
West Salem, La Crosse Co.
West Salem, Village of, La Crosse Co.
West Sweden, Polk Co.
West Sweden, Town of, Polk Co.
Westboro [origin of place name]
Westboro, Taylor Co.
Westboro, Town of, Taylor Co.
Westbrook, Town of, Adams Co.
Westby [origin of place name]
Westby, Vernon Co.
Western Escape (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Westfield [origin of place name]
Westfield, Marquette Co.
Westfield, Town of, Marquette Co.
Westfield, Town of, Sauk Co.
Westfield, Village of, Marquette Co.
Westford, Town of, Dodge Co.
Westford, Town of, Richland Co.
Weston, Dunn Co.
Weston, Marathon Co.
Weston, Town of, Clark Co.
Weston, Town of, Dunn Co.
Weston, Town of, Marathon Co.
Weston, Village of, Marathon Co.
Westport [origin of place name]
Westport, Richland Co.
Westport, Town of, Dane Co.
Weyauwega [origin of place name]
Weyauwega, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Weyauwega, Waupaca Co.
Weyerhaeuser, Rusk Co.
Weyerhaeuser, Village of, Rusk Co.
Wheatland [origin of place name]
Wheatland, Kenosha Co.
Wheatland, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Wheatland, Town of, Vernon Co.
Wheaton, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Wheeler, Dunn Co.
Wheeler, Town of, Oconto Co.
Wheeler, Village of, Dunn Co.
Whispering Pines, Outagamie Co.
Whitcomb, Shawano Co.
White City, Ashland Co.
White City, Vernon Co.
White Corners, Crawford Co.
White Creek, Adams Co.
White Creek, Town of, Adams Co.
White Lake, Langlade Co.
White Lake, Village of, Langlade Co.
White Oak Springs [origin of place name]
White Oak Springs, Town of, Lafayette Co.
White Oak, Lafayette Co.
White Pillars (Historic Marker Erected 1980)
White Pine Haven, Marinette Co.
White Pines (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
White River, Ashland Co.
White River, Town of, Ashland Co.
White's Prairies [origin of place name]
Whitefish Bay [origin of place name]
Whitefish Bay, Door Co.
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee Co.
Whitefish Bay, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
Whitefish Lake [origin of place name]
Whitehall [origin of place name]
Whitehall, Trempealeau Co.
Whitelaw, Manitowoc Co.
Whitelaw, Village of, Manitowoc Co.
Whitestown [origin of place name]
Whitestown, Town of, Vernon Co.
Whitewater [brief history]
Whitewater [origin of place name]
Whitewater, Town of, Walworth Co.
Whitewater, Walworth Co.
Whiting, Portage Co.
Whiting, Village of, Portage Co.
Whittlesey [origin of place name]
Whittlesey, Taylor Co.
Wickware, Barron Co.
Wien, Marathon Co.
Wien, Town of, Marathon Co.
Wilcox, Marinette Co.
Wilcox, Town of, Brown Co.
Wild Rose, Richland Co.
Wild Rose, Village of, Waushara Co.
Wild Rose, Waushara Co.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls (1867-1957)(Historic Marker
Wildwood, St. Croix Co.
Wilkinson, Town of, Rusk Co.
Willard, Clark Co.
Willard, Town of, Rusk Co.
Williams Bay [origin of place name]
Williams Bay, Village of, Walworth Co.
Williams Bay, Walworth Co.
Williamsburg (historical), Trempealeau Co.
Williamstown Township [origin of place name]
Williamstown, Town of, Dodge Co.
Willow Creek, Washington Co.
Willow River, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Willow Springs, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Willow Springs, Waukesha Co.
Willow, Town of, Richland Co.
Wills, Bayfield Co.
Wilmoore Heights, Fond du Lac Co.
Wilmot [origin of place name]
Wilmot, Kenosha Co.
Wilson [origin of place name]
Wilson's Creek [origin of place name]
Wilson, Eau Claire Co.
Wilson, St. Croix Co.
Wilson, Town of, Dunn Co.
Wilson, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
Wilson, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Wilson, Town of, Rusk Co.
Wilson, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Wilson, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Wilton, Monroe Co.
Wilton, Town of, Monroe Co.
Wilton, Village of, Monroe Co.
Winchester, Town of, Vilas Co.
Winchester, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Winchester, Vilas Co.
Winchester, Winnebago Co.
Wind Lake, Racine Co.
Wind Point, Racine Co.
Wind Point, Village of, Racine Co.
Windsor [origin of place name]
Windsor, Dane Co.
Windsor, Town of, Dane Co.
Winegar [origin of place name]
Winfield [origin of place name]
Winfield, Town of, Sauk Co.
Wingra Lake [origin of place name]
Wingville, Town of, Grant Co.
Winnebago County [origin of place name]
Winnebago Heights, Fond du Lac Co.
Winnebago Indian School, Neillsville, Wis.
Winnebago Indians (Historic Marker Erected 1973)
Winnebago Lake [origin of place name]
Winnebago Mission, Jackson Co.
Winnebago Park, Fond du Lac Co.
Winnebago Portage, Election precinct of, Columbia
Winnebago Portage, Election precinct of, Portage C
Winnebago Portage, Town of, Columbia Co.
Winnebago, Lake
Winnebago, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Winnebago, Winnebago Co.
Winneboujou, Douglas Co.
Winneconne [origin of place name]
Winneconne, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Winneconne, Village of, Winnebago Co.
Winneconne, Winnebago Co.
Winneshiek Landing [origin of place name]
Winooski [origin of place name]
Winter, Sawyer Co.
Winter, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Winter, Village of, Sawyer Co.
Wiota, Lafayette Co.
Wiota, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Wisconsin Central Railroad (Historic Marker Erecte
Wisconsin Dells (Historic Marker Erected 1961)
Wisconsin Dells [origin of place name]
Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co.
Wisconsin Junction, Forest Co.
Wisconsin Lead Region (Historic Marker Erected 195
Wisconsin Military Reservation (Historic Marker Er
Wisconsin Progressive Party (Historic Marker Erect
Wisconsin Rapids [origin of place name]
Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co.
Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River Headwaters (Historic Marker Erecte
Wisconsin River pinery
Wisconsin State Fair Park (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin Territory (Historic Marker Erected 1964)
Wisconsin [origin of place name]
Wisconsin's Dairy Industry (Historic Marker Erecte
Wisconsin's First 4-H Club (Historic Marker Erecte
Wisconsin's First Aviator (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine (Histo
Wisconsin's First Iron Smelter (Historic Marker Er
Wisconsin's First School For The Deaf (Historic Ma
Wisconsin's German Settlers (Historic Marker Erect
Wisconsin's Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus c
Wisconsin's Invisible Industry (Historic Marker Er
Wisconsin's Lime Industry (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin's Luxembourgers (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin's Maritime Industries (Historic Marker E
Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper: The Milwaukee Sentin
Wisconsin's Tobacco Land (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin, Election precinct of, Iowa Co.
Wisconsin, State of, Wood Co.
Withee, Clark Co.
Withee, Town of, Clark Co.
Withee, Village of, Clark Co.
Wittenberg, Shawano Co.
Wittenberg, Town of, Shawano Co.
Wittenberg, Village of, Shawano Co.
Wittman, S.J. - Aircraft Designer, Race Pilot, Inv
Witwen, Sauk Co.
Wolcott, Erastus B., M.D. (1804-1880) (Historic M
Wolf Creek, Polk Co.
Wolf River
Wolf River pinery
Wolf River [origin of place name]
Wolf River, Town of, Langlade Co.
Wolf River, Town of, Langlade Co.
Wolf River, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Wolf, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
Wolfe, Town of, Washburn Co.
Wonewoc [origin of place name]
Wonewoc, Juneau Co.
Wonewoc, Town of, Juneau Co.
Wonewoc, Village of, Juneau Co.
Wood County [origin of place name]
Wood Lake [origin of place name]
Wood Lake, Town of, Burnett Co.
Wood River, Town of, Burnett Co.
Wood, Town of, Wood Co.
Woodboro, Oneida Co.
Woodboro, Town of, Oneida Co.
Wooddale, Sawyer Co.
Woodford, Lafayette Co.
Woodhull, Fond du Lac Co.
Woodland Corner, Burnett Co.
Woodland [origin of place name]
Woodland, Dodge Co.
Woodland, Town of, Sauk Co.
Woodlawn, Forest Co.
Woodman, Grant Co.
Woodman, Town of, Grant Co.
Woodman, Village of, Grant Co.
Woodmohr, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Woodruff, Oneida Co.
Woodruff, Town of, Oneida Co.
Woodstock, Richland Co.
Woodville [origin of place name]
Woodville, St. Croix Co.
Woodville, Town of, Calumet Co.
Woodville, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Woodworth, Kenosha Co.
Worcester, Price Co.
Worcester, Town of, Price Co.
Worden (historical), Clark Co.
Worden, Town of, Clark Co.
World War I (Historic Marker Erected 1991)
World War II (Historic Marker Erected 1991)
World's First Hydroelectric Central Station (Histo
Wright's Corners [origin of place name]
Wright, Frank Lloyd (1867-1959)(Historic Marker Er
Wright, Town of, Washington Co.
Wrights Corners, Trempealeau Co.
Wrightstown [origin of place name]
Wrightstown, Brown Co.
Wrightstown, Town of, Brown Co.
Wrightstown, Village of, Brown Co.
Wuabeka [origin of place name]
Wuertsburg, Marathon Co.
Wyalusing [origin of place name]
Wyalusing, Grant Co.
Wyalusing, Town of, Grant Co.
Wyeville, Monroe Co.
Wyeville, Village of, Monroe Co.
Wyman, Town of, Forest Co.
Wynbrooke, Dane Co.
Wyocena [origin of place name]
Wyocena, Columbia Co.
Wyocena, Town of, Columbia Co.
Wyocena, Village of, Columbia Co.
Wyoming, Iowa Co.
Wyoming, Town of, Iowa Co.
Wyoming, Town of, Waupaca Co.

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