Students of Hillside Christian School recently visited a very unique spot on the earth. We have been studying geography in Social Studies, discussing hemispheres and the latitude and longitude lines on the globe. As our class discussions developed, it reminded me that Wausau is near 45˚N – 90˚W, which is halfway between the geographical poles (90˚ latitude), the equator (0˚ latitude), the prime meridian (0˚ longitude), and the 180th meridian (180˚ longitude). There are only four such places in the entire world! Two of those places are in the ocean and one is in the mountains of China, so the point in Marathon County is the most accessible to visitors.
Because this spot is in Wisconsin, of course it is in a cornfield! After visiting the spot, we went to the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau to sign the 45-90 book – making us official members of the 45-90 Club. We each received a commemorative coin as a keepsake.
Our trip was very educational and enjoyable. It helped the students connect what we are studying in our textbook with a real-life experience!
Charlyn Marsh, Hillside Christian School Principal/Teacher