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Near Alma Center in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Silver Mound

 
 
Silver Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. Silver Mound Marker
Inscription.  This large, isolated hill is a famous site where prehistoric Indians gathered to quar­ry a particularly attractive quartzite for the manufacture of chipped stone tools. Several aboriginal quarries are scattered along the rimrock of this mound. Thousands of tons of waste rock from these pits indicate that quarrying was car­ried on selectively over many centuries.

Fields surrounding this mound are littered with quartzite fragments and flakes which accumulated during the process of mak­ing and shaping trade blanks for transportation to outlying areas. Stone spearpoints, knives, and scrapers made from this colorful material have a wide distribu­tion throughout Wisconsin and portions of nearby states.

It is known that the earli­est Indians who migrated into the midwest, perhaps 10-12,000 years ago, made many spearpoints and knives from rock quarried here; thus this site is one of Wisconsin's oldest archeological monuments.

History relates that the first white explorers mistakenly thought that the Indians were mining silver. Hence the name "Silver Mound."
 
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by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 240.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 44° 26.196′ N, 90° 57.084′ W. Marker is near Alma Center, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker is on State Highway 121, 0.1 miles west of State Highway 95, on the left when traveling west. Marker is at a wayside. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alma Center WI 54611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr. (approx. 10.9 miles away); Field of Honor (approx. 10.9 miles away); Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill (approx. 10.9 miles away); Pfaffsprairie Farm (approx. 11 miles away); Moe Hardware (approx. 11 miles away); Lunda Construction Co. (approx. 11 miles away); Hoffman Construction Company (approx. 11 miles away); Jackson County Veterans Park (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
Silver Mound and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. Silver Mound and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,796 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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