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Near Menasha in Winnebago County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Butte des Morts

(Hill of the Dead)

 
 
Butte des Morts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 6, 2008
1. Butte des Morts Marker
Inscription. In 1730 the French Government decided to destroy the Fox village on the shore of this lake because of the depredations of the Foxes on the fur traders. Capt. Morand came up the river with a large force of French soldiers and Menominee warriors. The soldiers were concealed under canvas until they were opposite the Indians gathered on the shore. Then they rose and fired into the crowd. The Menominees meanwhile attacked the village from the rear. The village was destroyed and its inhabitants slaughtered. The bodies were piled in a heap and covered with earth, forming the Hill of the Dead. In 1827 Governor Cass held a council here with the Winnebago, Chippewa and Menominee tribes to fix their tribal boundaries. At this council Oshkosh was made chief of the Menominees.
 
Erected 1955 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 40.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 12.376′ N, 88° 28.303′ W. Marker is near Menasha, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Street 0.1 miles north of County Highway PP, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Fritsie Park. Marker
Butte des Morts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 6, 2008
2. Butte des Morts Marker
is at or near this postal address: 899 North Lake Street, Neenah WI 54956, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fritse Park - Indian Mound Reconstruction (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Menasha Lock (approx. 0.6 miles away); Curtis Reed (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wisconsin Central Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic Wisconsin Avenue Commercial District (approx. 1.4 miles away); 1st Sergeant Elmer J. Burr (approx. 1.6 miles away); Specialist Fourth Class Kenneth Stumpf (approx. 1.6 miles away); Jean Nicolet Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Menasha.
 
Also see . . .  Legends of Butte des Morts. “[The hill] was twelve feet high, sixty feet long north and south, and thirty-five feet wide. It stood in the midst of a wide prairie, 300 feet back from the lake shore, on a point of land that was thirty feet above the level of the lake, and the only high land on the west side of the lake.” (Submitted on October 30, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWars, US Indian
 
Butte des Morts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 14, 2013
3. Butte des Morts Marker
A 2010 redevelopment project improved Fritse Park.
Fox Cities Trestle image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 6, 2008
4. Fox Cities Trestle
Looking towards Butte des Morts.

Originally a railroad bridge, the 1,600-foot long, lighted pedestrian bridge is the longest in Wisconsin.
Fox Cities Trestle image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 14, 2013
5. Fox Cities Trestle
Butte des Morts is to the left of the photographer.
Butte des Morts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
6. Butte des Morts Marker
taken at dusk
 
 
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