Above: Each year, dozens of bald eagles winter in the Sauk Prairie area to fish the open waters of the Wisconsin River. In January, Sauk Praire celebrate Bald Eagle Watching Days.
Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin - The "Cow Chip Throwing Capital"
Sauk Prairie is the nickname for the adjacent villages of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The twin communities are located on the west bank of the Wisconsin River in southeastern Sauk County, where U.S. Highway 12 crosses the Wisconsin River.
Although the communities share many commonalities and are often seen as parallel versions of each other, their relationship has sometimes been called a "rivalry" and even a "feud". The consolidation of the two municipalities has been discussed a number of times over several decades but has never received approval.
Sauk Prairie is immortalized in the Sac Prairie Saga, a series of novels, short stories, journals, poems, and other works about the area and its residents written by local author, August Derleth.
Prairie du Sac
Prairie du Sac was so named because it was in the large Wisconsin River Valley where the Sauk Indians had a large settlement. Although the name of the village dates from the early days of French fur traders, Prairie du Sac was established as a village by D.B. Crocker in 1840, largely as a Yankee-English village, in contrast to its neighbor, Sauk City, which was settled largely by Germans.
Above: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin circa 1870.
Above: Sauk City, Wisconsin circa 1870.
For more information on Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
For more information on Sauk City, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
For more information on Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce website at www.saukprairie.com.
Or, visit the Sauk Prairie Historical Society website at hwww.saukprairiehistory.org.
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Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin
Above: Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.
Coordinates Sauk City: 43°16′27″N 89°43′42″W
Coordinates Prairie du Sac: 43°16′44″N 89°47′16″W
The "Cow Chip Throwing Capital"
Above: Each September, approximately 40,000 people attend the Wisconsin State Cow Chip throw each year in Sauk Prairie. The current Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw state record is 248 feet. A cow chip is a large piece of flattened manure. Some refer to it as a "fecal Frisbee."
Above: Sauk Prairie 2012 Bald Eagle Watching Days. Marge Gibson (Raptor Education Group, Inc.) releases an immature female eagle on January 14, 2012 in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.
Above: Road Trippin' with Amy. Suak Prairie Cow Chip Throw (2015).
Above: The State Trunk Tour watches the Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw in Sauk Prairie.
Above: Bridge over Wisconsin River in Sauk City looking south.