Wisconsin Highway 173

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State Trunk Highway 173 marker

State Trunk Highway 173
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 36.85 mi[1] (59.30 km)
Major junctions
South end: WIS 21 in Wyeville
North end: WIS 73 in Nekoosa
Counties: Monroe, Juneau, Wood
Highway system
WIS 172 WIS 175

State Trunk Highway 173 (often called Highway 173, STH 173 or WIS 173) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It runs north–south in central Wisconsin from near Wyeville to Nekoosa. From Valley Junction to Babcock it is built on top of an abandoned former main line of the Wisconsin Valley Railroad (later the Milwaukee Road). Because of this, it is very straight. Highway 173 travels through wetlands of central Wisconsin.[2]

Route on former railroad bed in Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
Looking north from southern terminus


  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 170-179 (Highway 173)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ The Great Wisconsin Touring Book: 30 Spectacular Auto Trips by Gary Knowles p. 58