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Near Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds

 
 
Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
1. Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds Marker
Inscription. Between AD 650 and 1200, groups of Native Americans throughout the southern half of Wisconsin and portions of adjacent states built earthen mounds of various shapes and sizes, including mounds shaped like animals, today called effigy mounds. The 11 mounds preserved here in the Jefferson County Indian Mounds and Trail Park were part of a larger group of 78 mounds and include symmetrical and animal shapes, resembling birds, turtles or lizards, and perhaps spiritual figures. A remnant of an ancient trail is also visible in the park.

The people who built effigy mounds hunted and collected food, often returning to the same locations seasonally. They lived in semi-permanent villages, used the bow and arrow, and made and used pottery. Mounds likely served ceremonial, spiritual and practical purposes, perhaps marking territories and designating special gathering places. Mounds often, but not always, contain burials. The Lake Koshkonong area once had 23 effigy mound groups, composed of about 500 individual mounds.
 
Erected 1994. (Marker Number 322.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.518′ N, 88° 54.515′ W. Marker
Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
2. Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds Marker
Sign in the parking lot behind the marker
is near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Koshkonong Mounds Road one mile west of Old Wisconsin Highway 26. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Atkinson WI 53538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lorine Niedecker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Panther Intaglio (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fort Koshkonong (approx. 5.3 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors (approx. 5.4 miles away); Storrs Lake Milton (approx. 7 miles away); Milton House (approx. 7 miles away); Black Hawk War Encampment (approx. 7 miles away); Sterling North (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Atkinson.
 
More about this marker. Unfortunately, the marker must be viewed from the road, where the speed limit is too high and much of the traffic takes full advantage of it. Be careful.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,876 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on June 11, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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