Poniatowski, Wisconsin: Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere

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Address:
5651 Meridian Rd, Poniatowski, WI
Directions:
FROM WEST: Hwy 29 exit 145 (Hwy 97). North two miles, then right on Spruce Lane. Drive a little over three miles, then left on Meridian Rd. The marker is about two miles up this road, about 1/4 mile past Cherry Lane (Hwy U), on the right, in a little fenced-in rectangle. FROM EAST: Hwy 29 exit 151 (Hwy H). North two miles, then make the third left onto Cherry Lane (Hwy U). Go through the "town" of Poniatowski, then right on Meridian Rd. Marker is about 1/4 mile up road, in a little fenced-in rectangle.
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Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere
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Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere

Just wanted to let you know that they updated the 45x90 Geographical Marker this past summer. There is now a trail leading from the parking lot into the center of the field where the new marker is located. They had a professional surveyor come and mark the location. I stopped and took several 360 degree photos.

[Todd Wilkinson, 12/15/2017]

So... everyone who visited this Center before Summer 2017 has to go back because they were standing on the wrong spot.

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Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere

A total renovation of the site was completed in September 2017. There is now a large slab with a bronze marker on the exact spot, which is about 1,100 feet from the roadside. A wide, nicely manicured path leads from the parking area to the marker, with flowers and park benches along the path and at the marker itself. New signage as well.

[Phil Wala, 09/30/2017]
Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere

The book for visitors to the Poniatowski Marker (45 x 90, Exact Center of the Northwest Hemisphere) to sign is now available [at the new Visitors Center at 219 Jefferson St, Wausau, WI]. People who sign the book can also receive a commemorative coin of their visit. Rothschild Visitor Center open M-F 8 AM - 5PM; S-Su 9 AM - 5PM.

[Christine Martens, 10/13/2007]
Exact Center of the Northern Half of the Western Hemisphere

Can you find the mistake on the sign? 45 x 90 is NOT a geological marker - it's a geoGRAPHical marker! If it were a special outcrop of rock, it would be geoLOGical. Whoever puts up these signs needs a science lesson!

[Paul Strelka, 09/11/2007]

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