Marker 122: Battle of Mole Lake

Photographed May 3, 2015
Erected 1962 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Mole Lake, Forest County, Wisconsin 
 45° 29.157′ N, 88° 58.334′ W

This is the home of the Sokoagon Band of the Chippewa tribe. According to tradi­tion handed down from one generation to the next, the first chief of the Band was Getshee Ki-ji-wa-be-she-shi, or the Great Marten.

Each summer the Sokoagon Band came to Mole Lake to fish and hunt, and in the fall they harvested the wild rice before they followed the deer herds into the swamps of the Peshtigo River for the winter season.

About 1806 bands of Sioux from the north and west tried to gain control of the rice beds. A fierce hand to hand battle resulted. The Indians, armed with bows and arrows and clubs, fought a long, hard battle.

Over 500 Chippewa and Sioux were killed and were buried here in a common mound. The battle was expensive for the Sioux, who retreated westward and never again attempted to return. 
The marker is located at a highway pulloff on southbound State Highway 55, north of its intersection with County Highway M, between Community Drive and Sand Lake Road, in the Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Reservation, Crandon, Wisconsin 54520.

Wikipedia: Sokaogon Chippewa Community

 With Rice Lake visible in the background.

 Beautiful location!

 Signage leading to marker location.

 The marker is visible in the distance, to the far left.

The marker is located in Mole Lake, Wisconsin.

First visited during an unexpected blizzard, March 30, 2013.

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