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

Panther Intaglio

 
 
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 31, 2010
1. Panther Intaglio Marker
Inscription. Discovered in 1850 by Increase A. Lapham, this is the only known intaglio Effigy mound in the world. It was excavated for ceremonial purposes by American Indians of the Effigy Mound Culture about 1000 A.D. A part of the tail has been covered. Of ten other recorded intaglios, all now destroyed, eight were similar in representing the panther and two represented bears.
 
Erected 1960 by Fort Atkinson Historical Society. (Marker Number 99.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 55.511′ N, 88° 51.27′ W. Marker is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Riverside Drive (State Highway 106), on the left when traveling east. 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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Koshkonong (approx. 1.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lorine Niedecker (approx. 3.8 miles away); Black Hawk War Encampment (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 31, 2010
2. Panther Intaglio Marker
View from the road showing the tail of the panther intaglio, which was apparently "covered" -- as stated in the marker -- by a driveway.
(approx. 4.4 miles away); Whitewater Historical Society Depot Museum (approx. 8.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Veterans (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lake Ripley (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Atkinson.
 
More about this marker. Related markers at same location by Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin Historic Preservation Commission ("Panther Intaglio Effigy Mound circa 1000 A.D., Local Landmark 1998") and Fort Atkinson Chapter D.A.R. 1920 ("Indian Intaglio Effigy, Panther Type Length 125 feet, Surveyed by Increase A. Lapham 1850"). Please see the below pictures.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 31, 2010
3. Panther Intaglio Marker
View of the Rock River across the road from the marker. Note that there is little room to park.
Missing Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 29, 2012
4. Missing Panther Intaglio Marker
The marker, which was on the pole at the right, is being repainted by its sponsor, the Fort Atkinson Historical Society, and should be back in place in the next several weeks.
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 31, 2010
5. Panther Intaglio Marker
The front portion of the panther intaglio is visible as a depression in the ground.
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 31, 2010
6. Panther Intaglio Marker
These are two related markers nearby
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
7. Panther Intaglio Marker
Closeup of the nearby related marker from the Daughters of the American Revolution
Panther Intaglio Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
8. Panther Intaglio Marker
Closeup of the nearby related marker from the Historic Preservation Commission
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,739 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on April 23, 2015, by Donald Yochem of West Bend, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on May 1, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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