© Photographed September 20, 2012 and March 2, 2018
Erected 1963 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Keshena, Menominee County, Wisconsin
44° 55.079′ N, 88° 39.034′ W
One night long ago a Menominee Indian dreamed that Manabush, grandson of Ko-Ko-Mas-Say-Sa-Now (the Earth) and part founder of the Mitawin or Medicine Society, invited him to visit the god. With seven of his friends the Indian called on Manabush who granted their request to make them successful hunters. One of the band, however, angered the god by asking for eternal life. Manabush, seizing the warrior by the shoulders, thrust him into the ground and said, "You shall be a stone, thus you will be everlasting". The Menominee say that at night kindly spirits come to lay offerings of tobacco at the rock and that if one looks closely he can see their white veils among the trees. The legend is that when the rock finally crumbles away the race will be extinct.The marker is deep in the woods at a highway turnout on southbound Wisconsin Highway 55, 2.2 miles north of its intersection with Wisconsin Highway 47 / 55, Keshena, Wisconsin 54135.
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Menominee Oral Tradition: Story of Manabush
The marker is included in the From the Pineries to the Present Tour No. 1.
Spirit Rock (1928)
Comparing the photo above with the photo below,
apparently Spirit Rock has been removed from this location.
The isolated stretch of Wisconsin Highway 55,
where the Spirit Rock historical marker is located.