The First People

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin
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These waters of the Mississippi have echoed Native American voices for more than six thousand years.

Moving down from winter camps in the protected coulees of the river bluffs, ancient people gathered here in spring to harvest fist and mussels to renew bonds of kinship, to trade, to celebrate.

Their rich legacy endures in preserved mounds, buried stone implements, intricately decorated pottery, rock art and cherished oral traditions.
The marker is located along the east bank of the Mississippi River, at Lawler Park on St. Feriole Island, and is accessible from southbound North Water Street, between Bolvin Street (to the north) and Fisher Street (to the south), Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821.

Looking south, with the Mississippi River to the right.

Looking north, with the Mississippi River on the left.

The marker is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

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