May 3, 2014 · 10:00 AM
This location is shown only to members
The area is currently open to the public through May 27th when it will close for additional cleanup and deconstruction. Let's meet at the museum and drive around and wander some of the grounds. There are porta potty facilities at the entrance. Bring water.
Some of the areas we could explore:
- The "caves" where they test shot into the bluffs
- Observation deck on the hill
- Old cemetery
- Storage bunkers
- Train platforms
If you would like information on the area before you go, here are a few links - Area Map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/MasterPlanning/SaukPrairie/documents/SPRA2014Hunt.pdf
Museum info: http://www.badgerordnancehistory.org/Museum-Current.html
The Badger Army Ammunition Plant manufactured nitrocellulose-based propellants during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It was the largest munitions factory in the world during World War II.
Originally over 10,000 acres in size, in 2004 Badger consisted of 7,275 acres of land in Sauk County. It is bounded by Devil's Lake State Park and the Baraboo Hills to the north, the Town of Merrimac and the Wisconsin River to the east, the Town of Prairie du Sac to the south, and the Town of Sumpter and the Bluffview community to the west. Badger is located on the terminal moraine of the outwash plain of a glacier that stopped in the area during the Wisconsin Glaciation approximately 12,000 years ago. The bedrock in the area consists of quartzite, sandstone, shale, and limestone. Groundwater flow is influenced by the Baraboo Hills to the north and the Wisconsin River to the east.