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Native American Mound Builders of Southern Wisconsin
Native American Mound Builders that were mostly native to southwestern and Southcentral Wisconsin.
Just too interesting Not to post!
As my knowledge, facination, respect and wonder grow about Native American cultures, I discovered that [basically] in my backyard there was a county park that was full of "Indian Mounds." So, I checked it out. Following are some pix from that trip. --dawn

This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by to anyone interested in the Effigy Mounds
of Wisconsin.

 The Mounds at Nitschke Mounds County Park
The mounds were believed to have been constructed between 800 AD and 1200 AD by the Late Woodland Culture, otherwise known ast he Effigy Mound Builders.The Effigy Mound Builders were located mostly in southern Wisconsin and parts of Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. This culture used the bow and arrow, stone tools and grew corn. They made and used pottery and it was an important part of their culture. There was a garden bed identified near the spring in this park leading people to think that there might have been a possible pre-historic village site there as well.

The mounds were constructed for a variety of reasons: burial sites, representations of the supernatural world (religious spirits) or some may have been linked to various clans. Noone really knows what the mounds shapes meant to those who made them. There are linear, conical and animal and man-shaped mounds. It is thought that the animal shapes represented Earth, Air and Water spirits.

Nitschke Mounds County Park
W5984 County Road E
Burnett, WI 53922

(3 miles west of Horicon, WI)

Park Office -- (920) 386-3700

Office Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm, Mon.-Fri.)

More about Nitschke Mounds Park

Dodge County Parks



Entrance 'trail' to park. The park is surrounded by farmland.


The entrance trail that leads to the park pavillion.


There are what looks like 2 mounds adjacent to the pavillion.
The pavillion has park benches.


There is a large mound just before the pavillion.

If you choose to go to this beautiful park, please realize it is considered sacred
by modern Indian tribes.

There are many ancient villagers buried here. Stay on the trails and
do not walk on the mounds.

It is also illegal to disturb any of these sites.
(See warning sign a few pix above).




Another view of the Buffalo Mound.


Buffalo (Bear) Effigy Mound. One of the first mounds encountered after the park pavillion.
See the photo of the sign (at the left) to understand the shape and position of the mound from this angle.



There is signage in various points in the park that explain a lot about the mound builders.


Some of the mounds you can see along the trail.




Really nice boulder.
You can easily sit on it and wonder just how many other people did,
hundreds of years ago.








Deer Mound