Inscription. This park, named for its most outstanding mound, contains thirty-one fine examples of effigy mounds. Effigy mounds are low earthworks usually built in the shapes of birds or animals. Though used for burial purposes, a mound seldom contains more than one or two remains.
By Paul F, September 20, 2009
|1. Lizard Mound Co. Park Marker|
|(Lizard Mound State Park)|
From the excavations of the mounds and camp-sites, archeologists have gained some knowledge of the life of this prehistoric group of Wisconsin Indians. It is known that they lived in small scattered bands. They depended largely on hunting and fishing for food though some gardening was practiced. Most of their tools and weapons were made of stone, some of wood and bone, and, in rare instances, copper. Pottery vessels were used for cooking.
Except for a few examples in adjoining states effigy mounds are found only in Wisconsin. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 43° 27.883′ N, 88° 8.4′ W. Marker is near West Bend, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from County Highway A ¼ mile east of County Highway 144. Click for map. Marker is located in Lizard Mound County Park, north of West Bend. Marker is in this post office area: West Bend WI 53095, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Lizard Mound Park (here, next to this marker); St. Peter's Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Washington House (approx. 3.5 miles away); Old Settlers Triangle (approx. 3.5 miles away); Court House Square (approx. 3.8 miles away); Washington County Courthouse Square (approx. 3.8 miles away); Verbeck Residence (approx. 3.9 miles away); Esker (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Bend.
More about this marker. The park was originally a state park, and the marker was titled “Lizard Mound State Park.” The park was turned over to the county in 1986, and the sign was modified to read “Lizard Mound County Park.”
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 717 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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