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World's Largest Ammunition Plant in 1942

Badger Ordnance Works

   The photo above was taken by an official project photographer in May 1942 of the north half of the world's largest ammunition plant, under construction in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Located at the southern foot of the Baraboo Bluffs on the Sauk Prairie, in the Townships of Sumpter and Merrimac, about 7 miles north of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac and 8 miles south of Baraboo, 30 miles northwest of Madison between US Highway 12 and the Wisconsin River.

    The Badger Ordnance Works was built on the terminal moraine and outwash plain of the glacier that stopped here about 12,000 years ago. This out wash plain is known as the Sauk Prairie named for the Sauk Indians that had a village of 90 homes where Sauk City is located today.

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