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Near West Bend in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lizard Mound Co. Park

(Lizard Mound State Park)

 
 
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By Paul F, September 20, 2009
1. Lizard Mound Co. Park Marker
(Lizard Mound State Park)
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.
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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Features. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was
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located near 43° 27.883′ N, 88° 8.4′ W. Marker was near West Bend, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker could be reached from County Highway A ¼ mile east of County Highway 144. Marker is located in Lizard Mound County Park, north of West Bend. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: West Bend WI 53095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lizard Mound Park (here, next to this marker); Barton Historic District (approx. 2.8 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); The West Bend Aluminum Company (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stephan F. Mayer Home (approx. 3½ miles away); Washington House (approx. 3½ miles away); Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler (approx. 3½ miles away); Old Settlers Triangle (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on March 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on March 11, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photo   1. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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May. 28, 2020