Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hill of the Dead

This official State of Wisconsin Historic Marker, formerly in Fritse Park, was removed in March of this year. This marker, erected in 1955, described a 1730 French and Menominee attack on a Meskwaki (Fox Indian) village on the western shore of LLBDM and the resulting massacre. The story goes that the numerous Meskwaki allegedly killed in this attack were buried in a large earthen burial mound that once stood on the west shore of the lake. Although historians of the time attributed the burial mound to the attack, there is no archaeological support for this legendary event. Modern science has proven that the mound was prehistoric in origin and likely dated between 2500 and 2000 years ago. Since 1990, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh anthropology professor Jeff Behm has campaigned to have the record righted and the marker removed.  Today, you will no longer find this sign on the State of Wisconsin's list of 558 official state markers.

We discussed old newspaper accounts of this legend back in March:

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