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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

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More various mounds.


There are signs all along the trail in front of the mounds
that help to identify the mounds.





View of farm field adjacent to the park.
You just have to wonder how many other mounds were lost to the plow.
(A common occurence in Wisconsin's early years.)
Now the mounds are protected as sacred gravesites.



Some natural carving done by insects that looks like a wing of a butterfly.



A springtime Trillium.


An unusual rock on the ground. Very large -- almost as big as a bicycle seat.


Weird flowering plant. Very prehistoric looking.
Looks something like a cross between an orchid and a tree.



There is a natural spring in the park.
Unfortunately because of farm run-off, the water is pretty stinky
(at least when we went there in spring of 2007).