The 45X90 points
are the four points on earth which are halfway between the geographical poles
, the equator
, the Prime Meridian
, and the 180th meridian
. They are some of the earth's significant coordinate intersections.
The most well-known and frequently visited such point is in the town of Rietbrock, Wisconsin
near the unincorporated community of Poniatowski
. A geographic marker has been placed there by the Marathon County
Park Commission. With the increase in use of personal GPS
devices, the sign was amended to clarify that the actual 45x90 point is actually approximately 1063 feet (324 m) away in a field behind the sign; the location of the marker was chosen because of its proximity to the road.
The point has become a bit of a pop culture phenomenon thanks to Gisecki's Tavern in the tiny cluster of establishments in Poniatowski. They once sold 45X90 T-shirts
and registered visitors as members of the 45X90 Club
.. America's Roof
website. Upon becoming a member of the "45X90 Club", the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau will give new members a commemorative coin. The point has a web page devoted to it.
The only other 45X90 point on land... Read More