Fort Winnebago

Fort Winnebago (HMW5)

Location: Portage, WI 53901 Columbia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 33.294', W 89° 26.061'

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In the autumn of 1828 a permanent fort was built on this site by the First Regiment of the United States Infantry under the command of Maj. David E. Twiggs, later a general in the Confederate Army. The fort was constructed primarily to control the important Fox-Wisconsin portage and to protect American traders from interference by the Winnebago Indians. Lieut. Jefferson Davis, later president of the Confederacy, served here after graduating from West Point. The fort was garrisoned until 1845 and was destroyed by fire in 1856. The only remaining portion is the restored Surgeon's Quarters on the hill across the highway. Not far from here (entrance road a half mile west on this highway) is the fully restored Indian Agency House, built in 1832 by the Government for Indian Agent John Kinzie and his bride, Juliette. Mrs. Kinzie's book "Wau-Bun" contains many interesting episodes of life at Fort Winnebago and in the surrounding community.
HM NumberHMW5
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number61
Year Placed1957
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 303371 N 4825317
Decimal Degrees43.55490000, -89.43435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 33.294', W 89° 26.061'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 33' 17.64" N, 89° 26' 3.66" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1605 WI-33, Portage WI 53901, US
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