“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. The Passenger Pigeon Marker
Inscription.  Huge flocks of passenger pigeons once roamed North America. Larger than the mourning dove which it resembled, the passenger pigeon derived its name from an Indian word meaning "wanderer" or one who moves from place to place. Flying at a normal speed of sixty miles per hour, the pigeon moved hundreds of miles in migration and 50-100 miles a day during the nesting season, searching for food.

     The largest nesting on record anywhere occurred in this area in 1871. The nesting ground covered 850 square miles with an estimated 136,000,000 pigeons. John Muir described the passenger pigeons in flight, "I have seen flocks streaming south in the fall so large that they were flowing from horizon to horizon in an almost continuous stream all day long."

     Many reasons have been given for the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Each year millions were trapped, clubbed, or shot for food and pleasure. The last known passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914.
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 195.)
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is listed in this topic list: Animals. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 44° 14.85′ N, 90° 44.281′ W. Marker is near Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 94 at milepost 121, on the right when traveling west. Marker is southeast of Black River Falls at westbound Rest Area 54. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Highground Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Black River Falls Forest Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black River Valley (about 400 feet away); Winnebago Indians (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sphagnum Moss (approx. 2.1 miles away); Martin W. Torkelson (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. (approx. 6.1 miles away); Andrew Blackhawk (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black River Falls.
The Passenger Pigeon Marker (Right Side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. The Passenger Pigeon Marker (Right Side)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,594 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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