Waukesha in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Prehistoric Indian Mound
The Potawatomi who left Waukesha in 1886 were never mound-builders.
Waukesha County once had 411 mounds and the city 55 on 11 sites.
This mound was excavated in 1850. Beneath ground level were found decayed fragments of a human skeleton with head to the west, decorative pipes and pieces of shell and pottery.
Erected 1959 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 34-05.)
Location. 43° 0.544′ N, 88° 14.005′ W. Marker is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker can be reached from West Wisconsin Avenue near Maple Avenue. Touch for map. On the grounds of Cutler Park and the Waukesha Library near the Les Paul Bandshell. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 W Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha WI 53186, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Les Paul (within shouting distance of this marker); Waukesha City - Cutler Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Cohn's Shoe Store American Legion Home (about 800 feet away); Rotunda (approx. 0.2 miles away); Club 400 (approx. ¼ mile away); Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT) (approx. ¼ mile away); Milwaukee and Madison Railway Depot (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waukesha.
More about this marker. Historical marker is mounted on top of a metal marker put up by the Waukesha Women's Club on May 26, 1906.
1. Cutler Mounds
Sometimes well-meaning historians get their facts wrong. While the marker in Cutler Park correctly identifies a large American Indian mound for park visitors, some of the details of the 1959 historic marker at the site have been found to be inaccurate. The city had many American Indian mounds identified by early white settlers—well over 50 by some reports. This mound is actually part of a group called the "Church Street Mounds." Due to some misinterpretations of early accounts by Wisconsin's first great archeologist, Increase Lapham,
Despite their best efforts, however, no link was able to be shown to a particular tribe, such as the Potawatomi. For example, no connection could be either proved or disproved between this mound and the reported burial on the Cutler homestead of Potawatomi Chief Leatherstrap (believed by one early historian to be the same leader known to local American Indians as "Wautsha" and from whom the city gets its name). Nonetheless, the value of the mound was sufficient to warrant its preservation by the city in its long-range care plan for the grounds, including the more recent addition of the Les Paul band shell pavilion on adjacent space in the park.
— Submitted July 15, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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