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Near Portage in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Winnebago

 
 
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By Keith L, September 2, 2007
1. Fort Winnebago Marker
Inscription. In the autumn of 1828 a permanent fort was built on this site by the First Regiment of the United States Infantry under the command of Maj. David E. Twiggs, later a general in the Confederate Army. The fort was constructed primarily to control the important Fox-Wisconsin portage and to protect American traders from interference by the Winnebago Indians. Lieut. Jefferson Davis, later president of the Confederacy, served here after graduating from West Point. The fort was garrisoned until 1845 and was destroyed by fire in 1856. The only remaining portion is the restored Surgeonís Quarters on the hill across the highway. Not far from here (entrance road a half mile west on this highway) is the fully restored Indian Agency House, built in 1832 by the Government for Indian Agent John Kinzie and his bride, Juliette. Mrs. Kinzieís book “Wau-Bun” contains many interesting episodes of life at Fort Winnebago and in the surrounding community.
 
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 61.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 33.294′ N, 89° 26.061′ W. Marker is near Portage, Wisconsin, in Columbia
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By Keith L, September 2, 2007
2. Fort Winnebago Marker
County. Marker is on State Highway 33 0.2 miles west of County Highway F, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at a wayside next to the Fox River. Marker is in this post office area: Portage WI 53901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marquette (a few steps from this marker); Site of Fort Winnebago (a few steps from this marker); Fort Winnebago Surgeons' Quarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Indian Agency House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Indian Agency House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ketchumís Point (approx. one mile away); Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portage.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Winnebago. "The fort's location was chosen not only because of its proximity to the site of Red Bird's surrender in the Winnebago War, but also because of the strategic importance of Portage, Wisconsin, which, as the city's name implies, was the site of an important portage on the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway, a highly travelled connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River." (Submitted on September 8, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 

2. Surgeons Quarters. (Submitted on September 8, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
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By Keith L, September 2, 2007
3. Surgeons Quarters

3. Wau-Bun Table of Contents. (Submitted on September 8, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable Persons
 
Old Indian Agency House image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 2, 2007
4. Old Indian Agency House
 
 
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