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Marathon County celebrates unique landmark with marker and ribbon cutting ceremonySubmitted: 09/13/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride
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Marathon County celebrates unique landmark with marker and ribbon cutting ceremony
MARATHON COUNTY - If you've ever been lost when driving, you aren't alone. 

"Mankind has always wondered where are," said Bryan Meyer, the president of the Wisconsin County Surveyors Association. 

But in the Marathon County town of Poniatowski, a new marker will tell you exactly where you are.

"Now this gives us a definitive point where we are on the earth," said Meyer. 

Meyer is a surveyor and markers like the 45 degree North, 90 degree West marker in Marathon County play a big role in his job.


"With marks like this one and other all across the state, they're all important to us as surveyors to help people know and understand where their property lines are," said Meyer. 

But the mark is more than an important tool. It's a novelty that brings people from all over the world to Marathon County. 

"This has always been listed as one of our tourist destinations but it wasn't really utilized that much because the marker was never here," said Richard Barrett, the Executive Director of the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitors Bureau.

But now, since the marker was placed and the park was built.

"We're averaging 300 to 500 people a month coming out here," said Barrett.

The park celebrated it's opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. 

Park visitors are seeing something that can only be seen in Marathon County. 

"There's only four in the world. Two are underwater, one is in the mountains of China, we're the only accessible one," said Barrett.

Not only are these coordinates unique, but they also let us know if we're lost, and when it's time to pull out a map. 

"Make sure you protect those markers, they're really important," said Meyer. 

Anyone who visits the marker will join an exclusive club. You can visit the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Wausau to sign the official '45°N - 90°W Club' registration book and receive a commemorative coin as proof of membership.


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