Wausau 1997 Crop Circle

Location:  Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Date:  August 13, 1997

A crop circle was discovered two miles north of Wausau, Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 13th 1997. It was reported in the local paper, the Wausau Daily Herald, on Friday, August 15th 1997.   A second crop circle was discovered nearby on August 14th.  Both formations were in oat fields.  They were dumb bell shaped consisting of complex patterns of three circles connected by bars.  

Date:  August 1997

Chad Lewis Reports:

On September 10 I contacted Nancy Talbot of BLT research about investigating the crop circles in Wausau. She sent me a copy of the article that appeared in the August 15th edition of the Wausau newspaper.

On Thursday September 11th I drove to Wausau. The farm land was located at Highway N and 41st Street. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and proceeded to talk with the owner of the land who made it very clear that he wanted to remain anonymous. He seemed very nervous and looked as though he just wanted to return to his chores. he agreed to a few questions. He had confirmed that no one else from any other agency had contacted him. He told me that the circles had appeared either late in the evening on Wednesday the 13th of August or early morning Thursday the 14th of August. When asked if he had seen any unusual people or sights in the area around that time he said "no."  He then informed me that the crop was cut about 7-10 days earlier. His house sits on top of a hill about 200 feet east of the circles. He then told me to do whatever I needed to do for the investigation. He told me that he assumed that young kids did this to his crop. When asked why he felt like this he replied "who else would have done this."

As we walked toward the circles I noticed that on the other side of the hill toward the west was a still very noticeable Crop Circle that had not been reported in the newspaper. He told me that this circle appeared on the Saturday morning after the paper came out. That would make it the 16th of August. I then proceeded to take pictures and measurements of the Crop Circle which is listed as (1), (2), (3) in the drawing and on the back of the photographs. The new set of circles are labeled (4), (5), (6). As previously mentioned the oat had already been cut down, which made a good photo of the area more difficult. I was not able to get soil samples from the circles, but Nancy informed me that someone else may go to the area to collect samples. At this point I can't confirm this. As the drawing shows the circles move SE with each circle getting smaller in size. Being that nearly a month had passed it was possible to see the outline of the circles due to the deep green color that was contrasted to the brown color directly around them. As I was taking measurements of the circle a gentleman pulled up and told me he lives a few miles east of this farm and he saw these circles on Saturday afternoon on his way home. He said that he once worked for an airline company and he seemed to recognize these circles, yet he was unable to recall from where or as to what it meant.

Map of area

1st circle details

2nd circle details

The second set of circles were directed from west to east with the largest end facing east. These circles were in wheat which had not been harvested. There was a path way to the circles that may have been made by somebody else investigating or looking at them. it was now about 6:00 p.m. and I had just finished making measurements of the "new" three that were unexpected in the investigation. I then traveled back to Eau Claire where I called in my report to Nancy. If anyone has any new information or would like more info on this report feel free to contact me at  chadlewis44@hotmail.com.

Photos courtesy  Roger Durkee

Casey Holt reports:

I have some additional information on the Wausau Crop Circle. Chad told me that it was in a newspaper article so on Sunday I went to the library in Wausau to find it. After a long drive and some searching through the microfilm I found an article on page 4A in the Wausau Daily Herald dated Friday, August 15, 1997. It is a small article with a picture and a 1 column of text. Apparently the paper said the Crop Formation shown was made Wednesday or early Thursday which I would interpret to be August 13, or August 14 which would be the 2nd week of August.

It also gave the location which and when I looked on a map was about 2 miles East of Wausau. I then drove to that site and recognized the small shed shown in the picture and could also still see a darker outline of part of the Crop Formation. I could see where the cut stalks were not sticking up and just grass was growing. The field was cut but not plowed. It looked like it was on a slight inclined hill and I could see one larger circle to the North and a smaller one to the south, which in the picture is more like a ring. This is also what Chad said that there was some standing crop in the second circle. It was getting dark and hard to see if there was a third circle. The two circles could have been connected by a narrow strip which would give it a dumbell shape as it appears in the picture. The picture also shows what looks like power lines in the foreground and I remember seeing power lines along the road.

This is what the newspaper article says entitled, Crop circles:

Vandals stomped down a crop circle in a field in the town of Wausau at Highway N and 41st Street late Wednesday or early Thursday. Since the mid-1970s, crop circles appeared in different forms in farm fields throughout the world, mostly England. At first, people believed they had been formed by visiting UFOs, possibly as some sort of message. Tibetan Buddhists believe the circles are symbols of heavenly communication connected to powerful figures of the past. According to Internet information, most of the circles appeared near Avebury, England -- an area associated with King Arthur and with the first church of Jesus Christ, built by Joseph of Aramathea. In 1991, England residents Dave Chorely and Doug Bower admitted they had created the crop circles as a hoax. However, the idea for the hoax came from a case in Queensland Australia where a UFO reportedly flew out of a swirled patch of marsh grass.

Below the picture it reads: Bob Radunz/Wausau Daily Herald

I did not see where the other formation might have been as it was getting dark at the time. Hopefully Chad's report should tell us more information.

Casey Holt

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