Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lizard Effigy Mound
Erected 1990 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 93.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission series list.
Location. 43° 5.402′ N, 89° 20.713′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lakeland Avenue and Hudson Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The marker is in Hudson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Gerald Stull USAF (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herman J. Loftsgordon House (about 800 feet away); Corry Carriage House (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Elmside" (approx. 0.2 miles Riley House (approx. ¼ mile away); "Let The Great Spirits Soar" (approx. ¼ mile away); Bear and Lynx Effigy Mounds (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Bernard's Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Lizard Effigy Mound. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Overlooking Lake Monona is a long tailed effigy mound [dating from 700-1200 A.D.] that has been referred to as a turtle, lizard, panther and water spirit. Part of the tail was cut off when Lakeland Avenue was constructed. This mound was originally part of a dense and extensive cluster of mounds that extended from the Yahara River to what is now Olbrich Park. The site was still a favored Ho-Chunk campground as late as the late 19th century.
"Wisconsin has the highest concentration of effigy mounds in the United States and the Madison area has one of the highest concentration of effigy mounds remaining. Most mounds were lost to 19th century agricultural practices and city development. The mound builders were farmers who also engaged in hunting and gathering. They lived in small villages and migrated from one to another based on the seasonal
According to a 1996 survey by Robert A. Birmingham and Katherine H. Rankin entitled Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County, "At the intersection of Lakeland and Hudson Avenues is a long-tailed animal effigy variously referred to as a turtle, a lizard and a panther. Part of the tail was cut off when Lakeland Avenue was constructed.
"This mound was originally part of a large group of mounds located a short distance west of the Elmside Mounds. This group included a goose mound with folded wings, at least one bird mound, animal effigies and other mounds. They were destroyed by residential development around the turn of the century."
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