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

Powers Bluff

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Photographed By Keith L, June 28, 2007
1. Powers Bluff Marker
Inscription.  The Indians named Powers Bluff Tah-qua-kik, and was for some years the home of three tribes of Indians; the Chippewa, the Potawatomi, and the Winnebago. Local historians say that some of the Potawatomi lived here as early as 1866. They lived on the hilltop besides the rock formations in houses made of log bark and frames. Some lived in tents. Each dwelling had a fireplace in the center of the floor and a hole in the roof to allow smoke to drift out. There was little or no furniture and few cooking utensils. The [women] did most of the work, making beautiful moccasins and beaded trinkets. They tanned hides and wove colorful baskets of rushes and reeds.

The Indians diet consisted almost entirely of meat, bread and potatoes. The braves traveled many miles in search of woodchucks which were considered a great delicacy. Powers Bluff was an ideal place. Nearby were the Yellow, the Black, and the Wisconsin rivers, the hard maples to be tapped for maple sap in the spring, and the pine forests. The marshes furnished reeds and tough grasses for basket weaving. In the Fall, marshlands and bogs supplied cranberries to be harvested on crisp autumn
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days and then stored in decorated native baskets. Wild fowl were present in abundance and streams were alive with fish. Wild rice grew in the river beds; mink, muskrats, foxes and beavers were trapped along the river banks. Deer and bear roamed over meadow and wood. The Indian village stood in a clearing of some twenty acres on the Bluff.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. 44° 31.756′ N, 90° 4.259′ W. Marker is near Arpin, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from Bluff Drive west of County Highway E, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Powers Bluff County Park, near the top of the bluff. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arpin WI 54410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Geological History of Powers Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Dance Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Bill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); City Founders’ Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); Center of the State of Wisconsin (approx. 7 miles away); Prisoners of War (approx. 7.2 miles away); World's Largest Round Barn (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arpin.
Powers Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 28, 2007
2. Powers Bluff Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,754 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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