Mt. Walker hides a remnant of ice, under a mantle of garbage.
Question: Where can you still find winter ice in Madison?
Answer: Under scenic Mt. Walker, on the west end of Campus.
It's a favorite stop for geology field trips, where students can see how things looked at the end of the ice age. The rubble, called "parking lot till," lies strewn about the site. All you have to do, is imagine the pieces of muffler or exhaust pipe are mammoth bones, and it's easy to believe you're viewing the end of the ice age.
The blanket of garbage, containing salt, drippings from engines, and litter, protects the ice from the sun.
Yup... there it is. Ice... in Madison... in June.
In the late 1960s, the Charter St. heating plant used to dump fly ash in the Marsh just south of Mt. Walker, until students reported it to DNR. The UW barn also dumped manure into the wetland. Where the trucks had tipped their loads, the area looked like a range of small mountains.
Eventually, it was all bulldozed flat, except for a small portion left unfilled. This is what became the Class of 1918 Wetland--now touted as an environmental achievement.
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