Rock Springs, Wisconsin

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Rock Springs is a village in Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States, along the Baraboo River. The population was 425 at the 2000 census.



At the time of its founding, Rock Springs was known as Ableman, after S.V.R. Ableman, who settled there in 1851.[3] The railroad has been a major influence on the village's growth.

Surrounded by cliffs of Baraboo Quartzite, the village is two miles south of a notable rock formation located in Ableman Gorge, Van Hise Rock, which was used to explain the processes of structural geology by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Charles R. Van Hise.


Rock Springs is located at 43°28′40″N 89°55′1″W / 43.47778°N 89.91694°W / 43.47778; -89.91694 (43.477698, -89.917030).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 425 people, 156 households, and 117 families residing in the village. The population density was 315.9 people per square mile (121.6/km²). There were 167 housing units at an average density of 124.1/sq mi (47.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.29% White, 0.24% African American and 0.47% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 156 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

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