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The Three Rivers Region Gazetter U-Z
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:37:27 PM »
The Three Rivers Region Gazetteer U-Z

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  • Upper South Fork Valley (Valley - SE Quad Pine Branch Twp - lat. ___° ___' ___" N / lon. ___° ___' ___" W (center)) The Upper South Fork Valley is the valley through which the South Fork of the Wind River flows upstream of Devil's Elbow Bend, whichis 10.6 miles/17 kilometers south of the river's mouth on Barrett Lake.  At the bend, the South Fork bears sharply due north from the east-southeast direction it had been flowing in for the last three miles/five kilometers or so.  This stretch of the river is narrow and swift, and the Highland Spur of the DW&W Railroad hugs its banks for most of the distance and crosses the South Fork 12.7 miles/20.5 kilometers from its mouth.  The south side of the valley here is the Dutchman Hills and the north is the southeastern reaches of Broad Prairie, which tumble sharply to the river's edge.  Fourteen miles/22.5 kilometers upstream of the mouth of the South Fork, the valley and the river return to a generally north-south orientation, with the valley being fairly wide and gently sloped from this point to the US border about four and one-half miles/7.5 kilometers away.

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  • Wall, The (Mountain - NW Quad South Perch Twp - lat. 48° 57' 44" N / lon. 94° 46' 03" W (center)Map key 5-H)  The Wall is a several hundred foot/about 100 meter long sheer cliff on the north side of Furtnum Valley in the southeastern Wyler Mountains.  The cliff, at its highest point,is a little over 150 feet/40 meters tall.

  • Wagonroad Valley (Valley - SE, SW Quad Pine Branch Twp - lat. 48° 45' 07" N / lon. 95° 17' 32" W (center) Map key 8-C)  Wagonroad Valley is a 6.2 mile/ten kilometer valley running westward from the Upper South Fork Valley into the Southern Range.  Pine Branch Creek flows its entire length paralleled by Buck Ridge to the south.  The valley takes its name from its sparsely treed floor, which invited early settlers in the area to explore its upper reaches.

  • Waite Hill (Hill - SW Quad DeLong Twp - lat. 48° 56' 52" N / lon. 95° 12' 34" W (center) Map key 5-D)  Waite Hill is a ___ foot/___ meter tall western outlier of the DeLong Mountains  It is named after F. H. W. Waite, who ran cattle in the 1860s on the prairie between the hill and Two Moon Creek.

  • Waldorf (Place - SE Quad Holly Twp - lat. 48° 48' 48" N / lon. 95° 29' 35" W (center) Map key 7-A)  Waldorf is...

  • Walnut Grove (Place - SW Quad Broad Twp - lat. 48° 47' 46" N / lon. 95° 19' 34" W (center) Map key 7-C)  Walnut Grove is...

  • Warren (Place - NE Quad Cub Twp - lat. 49° 12' 15" N / lon. 95° 01' 27" W (center) Map key 2-E)  Warren is...

  • Weaver (Place - NE Quad Spurlock Twp - lat. 49° 14' 58" N / lon. 95° 02' 30" W (center) Map key 1-E)  Weaver is...

  • West Arm (Place - NW, SE, SW Quads Marcy Twp - lat. 49° 05' 29" N / lon. 95° 13' 57" W (center) Map key 3-C)  West Arm is a long narrow bay at the western end of Cold Lake that runs from northwest to southeast from its head at the inflow of Cold River at Stockholm to the main body of the lake north of Brooks Ferry.  It is about three miles/five kilometers in length and a fairly uniform three-quarters of a mile/1.1 kilometers in width except at the Cold River end, where its shores draw together at the river's inflow.  The bay covers 1,150 acres/465 hectares and is extremely deep at 338 feet/103 meters, as it lies directly over the Stockholm faultline.  This depth, along with the pristinely pure water of the arm, lies at the heart of the productivity of the Cold Lake fishery, which is one of the richest in continental North America.

  • West Channel (Channel - NE, SE Quads Fish Wheel Twp, NW Quad High Twp - lat. 48° 53' 18" N / lon. 95° 01' 11" W (center) Map key 6-E)  The West Channel is the waterway lying to the west of High Island that is the main commercial navigational path from Hotham Inlet into Grand River.  One passes from the inlet into the channel on rounding Portis Head and turning to the north-northeast.  [channel instructions]  The Pineshore docks, now largely in disuse, and warehouse district is on the port side.  The confluence with the East Channel and the mouth of the Grand River are reached three miles/4.9 kilometers up the channel under the hulking mass of North Head.  The wide roads formed by these waters, so busy in an earlier time, are now beautifully spanned by the cable-stayed F-28 bridge.

  • West Hills (Hills - NW Quad Barrett Twp, SE Quad Prairie Twp, NE Quad Two Moon Twp - lat. 48° 55'  the 45" N / lon. 95° 13' 39" W (center) Map key 6-C)  The West Hills are the westernmost outlier of the Wyler Mountains, with which they are geologically identical.  These low hills cover about ___ acres/___ hectares in area, and are sparely forested.

  • West Ridge (Ridge - SW Quad Whiskey Twp - lat. 49° 13' 54" N / lon. 95° 32' 05" W (center) Map key 1-A)  The West Ridge is a heavily forested ridge running for about a mile/1.6 kilometers west-northwest from the summit of Wickham Mountain on the south side of Ransom Flats.

  • Wheaton (Place - SE Quad Dutchman Twp - lat. 48° 45' 10" N / lon. 95° 09' 35" W (center) Map key 8-D)  Wheaton is a village located just north of the 3RR-US border in the south-central plains.  Population (2000 census): 338.  Local Government:  Five member council.  Police and Fire:  Covered by Trooper Service Area 1 (Falls City) and Rural Fire Service 3 (Marius Corners).  Medical Services:  Private medical/emergency care clinic.  Postal Service:  3RRPS No. 58.  Air Service:  None.  Rail Service:  Freight (passenger service was discontinued in 1972).  History and General Information:  Wheaton was founded as a village in 1891 as an agricultural frieght stop along the Highland Spur of the Duluth, Winnipeg & Western railroad shortly after a grain elevator was constructed there.  Its name comes from the crop that then predominated, as now, in the area.  Population levels reached over 500 in 1910, but that was the high-water mark for the village.  By the 1970 census, there were only 214 residents, most elderly farmers who had retired "to town."  In the past 40 years, though, Wheaton has enjoyed modest growth, attracting younger residents who value the village's rural ambience, attractive brick and stone downtown development, and solid and comfortable housing stock.  The downtown, which was largely built at the turn of the 20th century, has been designated a historic zone, and many of the buildings now house arts and crafts and handcraft products businesses, which are thriving.  A Saturday Farmers Market on the outskirts of the villagge to the west has been held during the summer months for over 100 years.  The grain elevator closed in 1983, as it proved more efficient to truck harvested crops straight to the grain terminals in Falls City.

  • Wheaton Pond (Pond - SE Quad Dutchman Twp - lat. 48° 45' 05" N / lon. 95° 09' 17" W (center) - elev. 1,184 ft/349 m amsl. Map key 8-D)  Wheaton Pond is an 4.6 acre/1.9 hectare pond just east of the village of Wheaton.  The pond is bridged at a narrow point by the Highland Spur of the DW&W and the village has built an attractive small park on its western side.

  • Whiskey Peak (Peak - NE Quad Whiskey Twp - lat. 49° 15' 02" N / lon. 95° 29' 32" W (center) Elev. ___ feet/___ meters amsl.  Map key 1-A)  Whiskey Peak is a prominent peak in the heart of the western portion of the Northern Range.  As the tallest of the summits in the area, it can be easily seen and identified from both the east and west sides of the range, and thus was an important landmark for early travelers to this remote corner of the region.

  • Whitehall (Place - SW Quad Paradise Twp - lat. 49° 08' 28" N / lon. 95° 32' 06" W (center) Map key 2-A)  Whitehall is...


  • White Mountain (Mountain - NE Quad Twin Glacier Twp - lat. 48° 45' 44" N / lon. 95° 27' 27" W (center) Map key 8-A)  White Mountain is a long, low mountain that rises to the immediate southwest of lower Twin Glacier Valley.  Its name is reported taken from the abundance of quartz rock .

  • White Rock (Place - SE Quad Baronet Twp - lat. 49° 01' 58" N / lon. 95° 01' 53" W (center) Map key 4-E)  White Rock is...

  • Wickham Mountain (Mountain - SW Quad Whiskey Twp - lat. 49° 13' 46" N / lon. 95° 31' 06" W (center) Map key 1-A)  Wickham Mountain is...

  • Wild Horse Hills (Hills - SE Quad Pratt Twp - lat. 48° 48' 20" N / lon. 94° 55' 11" W (center) Map key 7-F)  The Wild Horse Hills are the height of land on Pratt Island.  They are gently sloped and heavily wooded, but interspersed with broad meadows.  Horses intended to be shipped by water from Falls City to Aurora swam to shore from a sinking barge in 1863, and their undomesticated descendants, today protected by regional law, give the hills their name.

  • Wild Rice Lake (Lake - SW Quad Bents Twp - lat. 49° 09' 12" N / lon. 95° 12' 53" W (center) - elev. 860 ft/262 m amsl. Map key 2-D)  Wild Rice Lake is an 37 acre/15 hectare natural lake on lower Bent's River about a quarter mile/.4 km upstream of the river's mouth on the Taylor River.  the lake is a scenic small shallow body of water that is literally carpeted by the delectable plant that furnishes its name.  In the mid-1800s, one Elmo Bent so jealously guarded access to the lake and its tasty harvest that the lake to this day is referred to by his name.


  • Will's Summit (Hill - NE Quad Loon Twp - lat. 48° 54' 07" N / lon. 94° 42' 03" W - elev. ___ ft/___ m amsl. Map key 6-H.)  Will's Summit is a low hill about eight-tenths of a mile/1.3 kilometers northwest of Rushford.  An early local farmer whose name is now lost gave the hill the name of his son, Will, who perished at a tender age in an accident while plowing a nearby field.  It is said locally that Will, as a young child, would go home after climbing the hill and tell his family that, from its top, "you can see all the way to Canada."  This is certainly the case, as the hill is just a little less than two miles/3.1 kilometers from the border.

  • Willoughby (Place - SE Quad Pratt Twp - lat. 48° 49' 51" N / lon. 94° 54' 35" W (center) Map key 7-F)  Willoughby is...

  • Wind River (River - SE Quad Fish Wheel Twp, SW Quad Fish Wheel Twp, NW Quad Fish Wheel Twp - lat. 48° 52' 57" N / lon. 95° 02' 41" W (mouth)Map key 6-E)  The Wind River is...

  • Wind River, South Fork of the (River - SE Quad of the Barrett Twp - lat. 48° 53' 03" N / lon. 95° 08' 53" W (mouth)Map key 6-D)  The South Fork of the Wind River is...

  • Wind River Valley (Valley - NW, SE, SW Quads Townshend Twp and NW and NE quads Grass TWp - lat. 48° 56' 54" N / lon. 95° 30' 36" W (center) Map key 5-A)  The Wind River Valley is the wide valley through which the Wind River flows between the Puckett and Pine Mountains from the US border to the R-1/R-6 bridge just east of Highland.  The valley floor is forested in second-growth pine, which grew after the old growth forests in the area were cut in connection with mining and smelting activites ...

  • Wolf Lake (Place - SE Quad Blythe Twp - lat. 49° 05' 20" N / lon. 94° 47' 55" W (center) Map key 3-G)  Wolf Lake is...

  • Wood Duck Hills (Hills - SE, SW Quads McLaren Twp - lat. 49° 02' 07" N / lon. 95° 27' 10" W (center) Map key 4-A)  Wood Duck Hills is...

  • Woodstock (Place - SW Quad Blythe Twp - lat. 49° 04' 33" N / lon. 94° 52' 43" W (center) Map key 3-G)  Woodstock is...

  • Woody Hills (Hills - NE Quad High Twp - lat. 48° 55' 21" N / lon. 94° 55' 16" W (center) Map key 6-F)  The Woody Hills are...

  • Wouanagaine Mountain (Mountain - SE Quad Townshend Twp - lat. 48° 57' 12" N / lon. 95° 28' 14" W (center) Map key 5-A)  Wouanagaine Mountain is...

  • Wuthering Hills (Hills - SE Quad Diddicks Twp - lat. 48° 48' 33" N / lon. 94° 42' 40" W (center) - elev. ___ ft/___ m (highest point)Map key 7-H)  The Wuthering Hills are...

  • Wyler Mountains (Mountain Range - NWE Qyad of Elbert Twp, NE Quad of Elbert TWP, SE Quad of Elbert Twp. SW Quad of Elbert Tsp - lat. 48° 59' 19" N / lon. 94° 48' 36" W (center)Map key 5-g.)  The Wyler Mountains are...

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  • Yellow Creek (Stream - SE Quad Baronet Twp, NW, SW Quads Yellow Twp - lat. 49° 00' 21" N / lon. 95° 00' 27" W (center) Map key 4-E)  Yellow Creek is...

  • Yellow Lake (Lake - SW Quad Yellow Twp - lat. 49° 00' 59" N / lon. 94° 58' 27" W (center) Map key 4-F)  Yellow Lake is...

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  • Zipf Hills (Hills - SE Quad Long Twp, SW Quad Marcy Twp - lat. 49° 05' 03" N / lon. 95° 20' 22" W (center) Map key 3-B)  The Zipf Hills...

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