Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Village site was in the park below.
Marked for the Wisconsin Archaeological Society by W.W. Warner, 1914.
Erected 1914 by Wisconsin Archaeological Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 43° 3.582′ N, 89° 24.51′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Erin Street and Wingra Street, on the left when traveling west on Erin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vilas (approx. ¼ mile away); Bear (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bowen House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Larson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edward Klief Park (approx. half a mile away); Longfellow SchoolGreenbush (approx. half a mile away); Panther Mound (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Indian Mounds. According to a 1996 survey by Robert A. Birmingham and Katherine H. Rankin entitled Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County, "Overlooking the zoo at the corner of Erin and Wingra Streets is a Late Woodland mound group consisting of a bird effigy, a linear and six conicals. Two or three additional conicals and another bird have been destroyed. The plaque marking this group was dedicated in 1915 in a ceremony attended by representatives of twelve Native American tribes. Other mounds were once located below, on the grounds of the zoo proper. Most of Vilas Park was originally a marsh, providing a bounty of fish, birds, small game and wild rice to the mound builders."
According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, which designated the mounds, dating from 700-1200 A.D., as a landmark (no. 95) in 1990, "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
Also see . . . Madison is an Indian mound capital. (related marker with links to other mound markers) (Submitted on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,110 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2010. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 5. submitted on July 25, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.