the 45th Parallel

Menominee, Michigan

Menominee Park

Leaving Menominee to the north on Highway 41, the traveller passes this neglected marker hidden among the weeds under cedar trees on the west side of the road directly in front of some houses. It is one of several monuments erected by Marinette Daily Eagle editor Frank Noyes in the 1930s. This marker commemorates the line exactly halfway between the Equator and North Pole.

Menominee Boulder

Frank Noyes placed two other monuments in the area: One directly to the west near Beaver, WI which also marks the Half Way point, and another farther south on Hwy 41 near Oconto, WI which marks the 45th Parallel.

Menominee SIgn

The plaque reads:

Half Way North

Latitude 45° 8' 45.7"

North Pole
>------------->
3107.47 Miles

Equator
<-------------<
3107.47 Miles

Erected by
Frank E.Noyes, 1938

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