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Middleton in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mendota

 
 
Mendota Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 29, 2010
1. Mendota Marker
Inscription. The Yahara chain of lakes resulted from glacial action about 40,000 years ago. A massive ice sheet, mile thick at Madison, gouged hills and widened valleys as it moved inexorably westward. Changing climate caused the glacier to retreat leaving behind great masses of rock and debris. Blockage in the channel of the pre-glacial Yahara River formed the four lakes, Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa.

Largest of the four, Mendota's surface covers 15.2 square miles. Its greatest depth is 84 ft. and average depth is 40 ft.

Before the white man came numerous Winnebago Indian villages and camps occupied Mendota's shores. About 350 effigy mounds built by the Winnebago have been identified around Lake Mendota -- 1000 in the four lakes area. A bird effigy on the Mendota hospital grounds is one of the finest and has a wing spread of 624 ft.

The Winnebago called the Four Lakes Region Tay-cho-pe-ra. They called Lake Mendota Wonk-shek-ho-mik-la. In 1849 a Madison surveyor, Frank Hudson, gave Mendota its official name after the Sioux Indian term meaning "mouth of the river."
 
Erected 1966 by the Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
Mendota Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 29, 2010
2. Mendota Marker
With Lake Mendota in the background.

 
Location. 43° 6.523′ N, 89° 28.196′ W. Marker is in Middleton, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Century Avenue (County Road M) 0.1 miles east of County Road Q, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is at the end of the road through Mendota Park near Lake Mendota. Marker is in this post office area: Middleton WI 53562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stamm House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Thorstrand (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pheasant Branch Encampment (approx. 1.4 miles away); Early Social Whirl (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hickory Hill House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hocheera (approx. 1.9 miles away); Blackhawk Country Club Mound Group (approx. 2 miles away); The Lemcke Farm House (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middleton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eagle Effigy. (marker for the bird effigy mentioned in the Mendota marker) (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison is an Indian mound capital. (marker describing area effigy mounds with links to markers for same) (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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