Geography of the Northwoods Region

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    I am not a geographer, and I am not able to write a coherent "geography" of Star Lake. Rather, under this heading, I have gathered a variety of subjects which seem to logically fall under the heading of geography.

    An interesting geographical fact: The town of Poniatowski in Marathon County is in the exact center (by longitude and latitude) of the northern half of the western hemisphere. It lies at 90 degrees west longitude and 45 degrees north latitude. A geographical marker lies on the exact spot. [Reference: Marathon County Map sheet in "Wausau Central Wisconsin 2009 Area Map" published by the Wausau Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau.]

    I would be pleased if someone would be willing to write an appropriate article to be placed here under the heading of "Geography."

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 10, 2007
    Revised: August 7, 2009
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    Comprehensive References

    Brigham and McFarlane. Essentials of Geography with Wisconsin Supplement. New York, 1920. View Full Entry
    Brody, Polly. Discovering Wisconsin. [Second Edition] Madison, 1973. View Full Entry
    Brunson, Alfred. Wisconsin Geographical Names. [Wisconsin Historical Collections, Vol. 1, 1849. Pp. 110-115.] Madison, 1903. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hathaway, Joshua. Indian Names. [Wisconsin Historical Collections, Vol. 1, Pp. 116-118] Madison, 1903. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    McMurry and Parkins. Advanced Geography with Wisconsin Supplement. New York, 1923. View Full Entry
    Pohlman, et al. (ed.). Wisconsin Land Legacy Report. Madison, 2006. View Full Entry
    Redway and Hinman. Natural Advanced Geography. [Edition for Michigan and Wisconsin] New York, 1901. View Full Entry
    Van Valkenberg, Phil. Wisconsin: The Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook. [Great Rails-Trails Series ] Guildford, CT, 2001. View Full Entry
    Wisconsin Conservation Department. New State Cave [Blue Mounds]. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, Vol. 7, July 1940, p. 17.] 1940. View Full Entry

    Major References

    ****. Sliding Rock, Rib Hill, near Wausau, Wis.. [Post Card] Eau Claire, 1915. View Full Entry
    Beno, Mike. Wisconsin Has Its High Points. [Our Wisconsin, Vol. 5, #6, Oct/Nov 2017, p. 3.] Manitowish Waters, 2017. View Full Entry
    Finley, Robert. Geography of Wisconsin, A Content Outline. Madison, 1975. View Full Entry
    Lisi, Patrick. Joy of Falling Water. [Wisconsin Natural Resources, Vol. 25, #2, April, 2001, pp. 4-9.] Madison, 2001. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Martin, Lawrence. Physical Geography of Wisconsin. [Wis Geological and Natural History Survey, Bulletin # XXXVI, Educational Series #4, 1932] Madison, 1932. View Full Entry
    Martin, Lawrence. Physical Geography of Wisconsin. Madison, 1965. View Full Entry
    Mortwedt, Jim. Quirky Excuse to Roam Wisconsin, Highpointing. [Wisconsin Natural Resources, Vol. 38, #4, August, 2014] Madison, 2014. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Visser, Kristin. Frank Lloyd Wright & and Prairie School in Wisconsin: An Architectural Touring Guide. Madison, 1992. View Full Entry
    Whitebeck, Ray. Geography and Industries of Wisconsin. [Bulletin No. 26, Educational Series No. 3] Madison, 1913. View Full Entry
    Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Wetlands, Wonderlands. Madison, n.d.. View Full Entry

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    As exploration of Wisconsin extended northward and survey tools became more accurate, various places have laid claim to being the highest point in Wisconsin. I am aware of these claims:

    Rib Mountain (from a ##1851 Post Card##, 1915)

    Timms Hill in Ogema (generally recognized as the correct spot; numerous sources).