photo from the Twin City News-Record, purported to be circa 1960
courtesy, A Brief Histiory of the Town of Menasha
The photo above and the accompanying article raise doubts in my mind regarding these Indian mounds. Current references about Fritse Park state that there was a "reconstruction" effort to replicate the mound or mounds that were lost in 1863 when the railroad bridge was built, to include specific markers about this reconstruction effort. See the link below:
However, this 1960-ish photo above states that the mounds were always there and were not destroyed. Not to mention that there were 20 to 25 of them?! Other current literature I've reviewed does not even mention the mounds shown in this photo. What happened? And what is meant by "Centennial Discovery" in the photo caption? The centennial of the bridge being built in 1863? The centennial of the Village of Menasha being founded in 1856? That article about the founding of Fritse Park doesn't mention 20 to 25 mounds either.
I appeal to you, dear readers, what IS the right answer? Do you know what the real story is here?