Mound Builders

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Wyalusing State Park
Bagley, Grant County, Wisconsin
42.991818,-91.124511 (approximate location)
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Mound Builders
Archaeologists believe that Woodland Indians of the Effigy Mound Culture met at Sentinel Ridge each spring to hunt, fish and gather berries and herbs. These mounds were built over many years, perhaps even hundreds of years. Note their animal, conical and linear shapes -- each shape likely had a spiritual meaning. We know that most mounds contain burial remains, but current thinking suggests that the mounds had a broader meaning such as indicating the territory of a family-band. Regardless of their purpose, this ridge was sacred to these people. Please respect it.
The marker is located deep inside Wyalusing State Park, along the Sentinel Ridge Trail, and is accessible from the Green Cloud Picnic Area parking lot, accessible from Long Valley Road, .5 miles west of its intersection with State Park Lane. The park entrance is located at 13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, Wisconsin 53801.

NOTE: The marker is located inside a Wisconsin State Park; an annual sticker or daily-use fee to enter.

Wisconsin State Park System: Wyalusing State Park

Map of Wyalusing State Park
(See below for map details of marker location.)

"Dwelling place of the old holy man"

 The Effigy Mound Culture built these mounds
between 800 and 1,300 years ago.

The marker is one of a series of markers placed along the Sentinel Ridge Trail.

Looking north at the start of the interpretative trail;
the adjacent parking lot (not visible in this photo) is to the left.

 Red arrow -- Green Cloud Picnic Area (park here)
Blue arrow -- Sentinel Ridge Trail and Indian Mounds

 The marker is located at Wyalusing State Park.

Wyalusing State Park is located in Bagley, Wisconsin.

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