Manitowoc, Wisconsin: Sputnik Crashed Here
- 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)
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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. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About 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]
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]