Manitowoc, Wisconsin: Sputnik Crashed Here Team Field Report

610 N. Eighth St., Manitowoc, WI
North of downtown in an upscale suburb. On US 10 north (8th St. - one-way north), at the corner of Park St, a few blocks south of Hwy 42. A little metal circle in the street marks the spot. There's also a pink granite marker in the sidewalk on the northwest corner. The Rahr-West Art Museum, on the corner, displays the replica.
M-Tu, Th-F 10 am - 4 pm, W 10 am - 8 pm, Sa-Su 11 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights
Spot where Sputnik crashed. Sputnik Crashed Here
A monument in the sidewalk and a circle in the street mark the spot where a Soviet satellite smacked down. A replica of the space junk is displayed a few steps away. Festival held on the anniversary. Report...

Visitor Tips and News About Sputnik Crashed Here

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Sputnik IV plaque. Sputnik Crashed Here

Happened to come here on the date of the crash, September 6th, and discovered that they now have an annual festival. This year it is on the 7th, so we will be stopping back tomorrow. They have an alien pet costume contest and a tin foil costume contest, among other activities.

[Haley H, 09/06/2013]
Where Sputnik IV crashed. Sputnik Crashed Here

I travel through Manitowoc a few times a year and have driven right past the Sputnik IV marker in the middle of the road without even noticing it. Other than the sidewalk plaque, there are no signs, etc. marking this treasure. The road marker is just North of the intersection of US 10 North (N. 8th St.) and Park St. The granite plaque is on the Northwest corner of the intersection (in front of the museum).

I do question why the highway department thought it was necessary to start/end the lane stripe right on top.

[Mark Bertieri, 10/24/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Chief Wawatam Engine and SubmarineChief Wawatam Engine and Submarine, Manitowac, WI - < 1 mi.
Bernice the CowBernice the Cow, Manitowoc, WI - 2 mi.
Birthplace of the Ice Cream SundaeBirthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae, Two Rivers, WI - 6 mi.
In the region:
Snowblower Man, Brillion, WI - 21 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the US and Canada are our special obsession. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

March 30, 2015

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Wisconsin Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Wentworth Museum: Petrified Cat, Pensacola, Florida (Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now