Site #15: Mink Mound

© Photographed July 19, 2015
Whitewater, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
Site #15 Mink Mound
This "Mink Type" mound is an Effigy mound. It gets its name because of the resemblance to that long [sit] short-legged rodent, but we don't know what the Native Americans called it. Some Mink Mounds have gender differences. This is an example of a male type Mike Mound. There is an extra outward projection just behind the mound's hind leg. This is the largest mound in this group. It was measured at 347 feel long in 1920. That is longer than a traditional American football field (goal line to goal line). Other large effigy mounds in the area include a flock of 3 large Eagle Mounds with the largest wing span over 912 feet. The largest Eagle Mound has been recorded near Richland Center, Wisconsin, with a sing span over 1500 feet.

The mink mound was measured in 1989. It had shrunk to 280 feet long. The original measurements taken by the Brown survey were:
Body- 172', Tail- 176'
Head- 35', Legs- 18' and 20'
The width of the body was 18', the width of the tail at the body was 15' and tapered to a point.
The marker is located at Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve and is accessible from southbound South Indian Mound Parkway, south of its intersection with Old Highway 12 and at its T-intersection with Wildwood Road, at or near 288 South Indian Mound Parkway, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190.

Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve Map (PDF)

Follow this path to the effigy mounds and markers.

The entrance Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The marker is located at the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The preserve is located inside the residential community
of Mound Park Acres in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

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