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).
The marker is located at a roadside picnic area.
The marker is located in Alma Center, Wisconsin.