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

Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 2, 2010
1. Wyona Park Marker
[north side]
Inscription.
Wyona Park
This site has traditionally been a popular picnic area for Wyocena residents. As early as 1905, approximately 1,000 people attended an insurance company picnic at this location. In 1948, Gordon Spear, a lifetime Wyocena resident, sold the grounds to Columbia County and requested that the area be named a county park. In 1971, his dream was realized when the park was completed, dedicated and named Wyona Park. The Spear-Allen Shelter House honors pioneer families instrumental in the creation of this park.
Erected 2000

Rifle Pit Legend
According to local legend, a battle took place at this site between Native Americans and the Army. Several shallow pits, within a circle 50 feet in diameter, were identified by early residents. A military buckle and buttons as well as human bones were also reportedly found. However, it is more likely that the pits were made by looters digging out Native American burial mounds that once existed in this park. There were no military engagements with Indians recorded in Columbia County.
Erected 2000

 
Erected 2000 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 550.)
 
Location.
Rifle Pit Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 2, 2010
2. Rifle Pit Legend Marker
[south side]
43° 29.929′ N, 89° 17.561′ W. Marker is near Wyocena, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from County Road GG 0.4 miles north of County Highway G. Touch for map. County Road GG dead-ends at Wyona Park. Marker is in this post office area: Wyocena WI 53969, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Columbia County Asylum Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Major Elbert Dickason / Dickason's "Hotel" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dickason Park / Toppe Field (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Pardeeville / Belmont Hotel (approx. 2.6 miles away); Angie Williams Cox Public Library (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pardeeville World War I Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Samuel & Chloe Leonard Doud (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyocena.
 
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Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 2, 2010
3. Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend Marker
Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 2, 2010
4. Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend Marker
Spear-Allen Shelter House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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