Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend

Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend (HMOCJ)

Location: Pardeeville, WI 53954 Columbia County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 29.929', W 89° 17.561'

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Wyona Park
This site has traditionally been a popular picnic area for Wyocena residents. As early as 1905, approximately 1,000 people attended an insurance company picnic at this location. In 1948, Gordon Spear, a lifetime Wyocena resident, sold the grounds to Columbia County and requested that the area be named a county park. In 1971, his dream was realized when the park was completed, dedicated and named Wyona Park. The Spear-Allen Shelter House honors pioneer families instrumental in the creation of this park.
Erected 2000

Rifle Pit Legend
According to local legend, a battle took place at this site between Native Americans and the Army. Several shallow pits, within a circle 50 feet in diameter, were identified by early residents. A military buckle and buttons as well as human bones were also reportedly found. However, it is more likely that the pits were made by looters digging out Native American burial mounds that once existed in this park. There were no military engagements with Indians recorded in Columbia County.
Erected 2000
Marker Number550
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 9:09am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 314643 N 4818763
Decimal Degrees43.49881667, -89.29268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 29.929', W 89° 17.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 29' 55.74" N, 89° 17' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 498 County Rd GG, Pardeeville WI 53954, US
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