Butte des Morts

Butte des Morts (HM134P)

Location: Menasha, WI 00170 Winnebago County
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N 44° 12.376', W 88° 28.303'

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(Hill of the Dead)

In 1730 the French Government decided to destroy the Fox village on the shore of this lake because of the depredations of the Foxes on the fur traders. Capt. Morand came up the river with a large force of French soldiers and Menominee warriors. The soldiers were concealed under canvas until they were opposite the Indians gathered on the shore. Then they rose and fired into the crowd. The Menominees meanwhile attacked the village from the rear. The village was destroyed and its inhabitants slaughtered. The bodies were piled in a heap and covered with earth, forming the Hill of the Dead. In 1827 Governor Cass held a council here with the Winnebago, Chippewa and Menominee tribes to fix their tribal boundaries. At this council Oshkosh was made chief of the Menominees.
HM NumberHM134P
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number40
Year Placed1955
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:51pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 382415 N 4895835
Decimal Degrees44.20626667, -88.47171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 12.376', W 88° 28.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 12' 22.56" N, 88° 28' 18.18" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 Friendship Trail, Menasha WI 00170, US
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