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Near De Soto in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder

 
 
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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder Marker
Inscription. Win-no-shik, the Elder, was a notable chief of the Winnebago. On a treaty signed February 27, 1855, at Washington, D. C., his signature reads "Wau-kon-chaw-koo-haw, or the Coming Thunder, or Win-no-shik."

Win-no-shik was promoted to the rank of chief when quite young and always was popular with his people. Historians have written that he was of medium-size, handsome, and "always carried a pipe, especially at council meetings. As a man, he was modest, kind and courteous; as a chief, dignified, firm and just in the exercise of his authority."

In 1829, Win-no-shik was head chief of the larger Winnebago village at La Crosse. When the Winnebago moved to Iowa, he was made head chief of the tribe and remained chief of his own band. After Win-no-shik's death, his brother, Young Winneshiek, or Short Wing, and his son, Little Winneshiek, or Striking Tree, moved back to Wisconsin, near Black River Falls, where his descendants still live.
 
Erected 1975 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 216.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 25.645′ N, 91° 12.241′ W. Marker is near De Soto, Wisconsin, in
Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder Marker
Vernon County. Marker is on Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.4 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: De Soto WI 54624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winneshiek’s Landing (a few steps from this marker); Black Hawk War (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Bad Axe (approx. 2.1 miles away); Head of Battle Isle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Black Hawks Outpost (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Red Bird's Village (approx. 6 miles away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 6 miles away); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Soto.
 
Also see . . .  Iowa Biographies Project. (Submitted on October 22, 2009.)
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
View from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
3. View from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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