Marker 240: Silver Mound

© Photographed June 22, 2018
Erected 1997 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Alma Center, Jackson County, Wisconsin
44° 26.196′ N, 90° 57.084′ W

This large, isolated hill is a famous site where prehistoric Indians gathered to quar­ry a particularly attractive quartzite for the manufacture of chipped stone tools. Several aboriginal quarries are scattered along the rimrock of this mound. Thousands of tons of waste rock from these pits indicate that quarrying was car­ried on selectively over many centuries.

Fields surrounding this mound are littered with quartzite fragments and flakes which accumulated during the process of mak­ing and shaping trade blanks for transportation to outlying areas. Stone spearpoints, knives, and scrapers made from this colorful material have a wide distribu­tion throughout Wisconsin and portions of nearby states.

It is known that the earli­est Indians who migrated into the midwest, perhaps 10-12,000 years ago, made many spearpoints and knives from rock quarried here; thus this site is one of Wisconsin's oldest archeological monuments.

History relates that the first white explorers mistakenly thought that the Indians were mining silver. Hence the name "Silver Mound."
The marker is located at a wayside on State Highway 121, near its intersection with State Highway 95 (pretty much out in the boonies), near Alma Center, Wisconsin 54611.

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Silver Mound Archaeological Site

Wikipedia: Silver Mound Archeological District

Land of the Silver Mound

 The referenced mound, to the west (left) of the marker).

Looking northeast across the farmlands . . .

 The marker is located at a roadside picnic area.

The marker is located in Alma Center, Wisconsin.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hey Linda! This is Ben. We met in Eau Claire near the Adin Randall statue. This Silver Mound marker is about two miles away from where my parents live and I grew up. (I am from Alma Center). I went to high school with some kids who lived around Silver mound and they are still finding arrowheads up there. It was great talking to you about history, statues, Vietnam, and That 70's Show. You've inspired me to do more exploring on my own. Hopefully our travel paths will cross again someday!

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