Rockbridge (HMCAQ)

Location: Richland Center, WI 53581 Richland County
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N 43° 26.719', W 90° 21.794'

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One of the largest natural bridges in Wisconsin, Rockbridge is 20 feet wide and 10 feet high. Archaeological investigations have revealed that the bridge's sandstone overhang was once used as a shelter by Native Americans. Through the efforts of local citizens, Rockbridge was made a public park in the early 1920s.

The West Branch of Pine River flows under Rockbridge, joining the Pine River a few hundred feet to the east. Long ago, however, the West Branch of the Pine River flowed south in its own river valley on the other side of this sandstone ridge. Like most rivers, the West Branch of the Pine River and the Pine River shifted back and forth, gradually scouring away, grain by grain, their sandstone river bottoms. Eventually these rivers undercut their valleys along the east and west sides of the sandstone ridge and created the cliff overhang and natural bridge opening here. Spilling under Rockbridge, the West Branch of the Pine River merges with the Pine River to flow south towards the Wisconsin River.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number381
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 713364 N 4813645
Decimal Degrees43.44531667, -90.36323333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 26.719', W 90° 21.794'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 26' 43.14" N, 90° 21' 47.64" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25344 Co Hwy D, Richland Center WI 53581, US
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