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By Joe Block 

What's in a name? Locally christened August Derleth Bridge loses a sign


July 4, 2019

Joe Block

Left, the current sign on the western approach to the Highway 12 bridge. Right, an archived Google Maps image of the now-missing eastern sign.

A mystery concerning the disappearance of one of the "August Derleth bridge" signs was resolved with a bit of research last weekend.

The Highway 12 bridge over the Wisconsin River was dedicated as the August Derleth Bridge by Sauk City, according to a June 27, 1991 article in the Sauk Prairie Star. On June 30 of the same year, Char Olson, then-president of the August Derleth Society, christened the bridge with a bottle of champaign. Her enthusiasm led to her receiving stiches from flying glass.

WisDOT stipulations included the requirement that the village maintain the sign. Sometime this sp...

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