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

University Creek Group

 
 
University Creek Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
1. University Creek Group Marker
Inscription.
Indian Mounds
Effigy Form
Lengths 66, 100 and 143 feet

 
Erected 1922 by the University of Wisconsin.
 
Location. 43° 4.677′ N, 89° 25.266′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Observatory Drive 0.2 miles west of Elm Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is behind the Natatorium just off the Lakeshore Path. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Madison Park & Pleasure Drive Association (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. ¼ mile away); Understanding Immunity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Howard M. Temin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionizing Animal Reproduction (approx. 0.3 miles away); Preventing Endemic Goiter (approx. 0.3 miles away); Discovering Vitamins and Trace Minerals (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scientific Approach to Agriculture (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding University Creek Group. According to a 1996 survey by Robert A. Birmingham and Katherine H. Rankin
University Creek Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
2. University Creek Group Marker
The marker is on the north wing of the goose mound. This is the view looking south, with the Natatorium-Gymnasium in the background.
entitled Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County, "On the lawn just behind the Natatorium to the north is a Late Woodland group of three mounds. The goose mound, whose head lies to the west, once had bent wings. Its tail points to three other mounds in the woods. One is a low conical mound. The other two are oddly shaped effigies called ‘problematical’ mounds. The goose mound was mutilated when the original Willow Drive was constructed. The other two mounds were damaged by farming and one was actually mined for sod in 1911. A conical mound about 1000 feet to the northeast along Willow Drive in the front yard of the Frederick Center is also considered part of this group.

"The University of Wisconsin campus was once the site of several other mound groups, including one where the Forest Products Laboratory is now, one just north of North Hall on Bascom Hill, and one on the site of Adams and Tripp residence halls."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a marker with links to other markers for Madison Indian mounds.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Goose Mound in the University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
3. Goose Mound in the University Creek Group
This is a view of the south wing of the goose mound, looking north toward University Bay in Lake Mendota.
University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
4. University Creek Group
This is a view from the west end of the group (the goose mound) looking east.
University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
5. University Creek Group
This is a view to the west, with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation building in the background.
University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
6. University Creek Group
The middle "problematical" mound is in the foreground in this view looking to the northwest toward University Bay in Lake Mendota.
University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 31, 2011
7. University Creek Group
The eastern "problematical" mound is in the foreground in this view looking to the east.
Map of University Creek Group image. Click for full size.
By Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County, 1996
8. Map of University Creek Group
Black shading indicates existing mounds and grey shading indicates lost portions of the mounds.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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