Battle of Mole Lake

Battle of Mole Lake (HMMCL)

Location: Crandon, WI 54520 Forest County
Country: United States of America
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N 45° 29.157', W 88° 58.334'

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This is the home of the Sokoagon Band of the Chippewa tribe. According to tradi?tion 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.

Erected 1962
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number122
Year Placed1962
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker Condition
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 345877 N 5038827
Decimal Degrees45.48595000, -88.97223333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 29.157', W 88° 58.334'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 29' 9.42" N, 88° 58' 20.04" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 412 Community Dr, Crandon WI 54520, US
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Some damage in the area around the marker from a strong storm a few days earlier. The marker itself was ok.

Aug 10, 2019 at 8:10am PDT by brianh178

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