Ketchum's Point

Ketchum's Point (HMX7)

Location: Portage, WI 53901 Columbia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 32.69', W 89° 26.937'

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Ketchum's Point, named for a local family, stands above the low, marshy Portage connecting the Fox River and Great Lakes with the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. This waterway served as a vital thoroughfare for supplies and furs during the fur trade era. Used in times of flooding, the fork in the portage trail began at this landmark. The trail ascended this bluff, following the Cook Street ridge to the Wisconsin River. The 1827 Ho-Chunk Uprising, begun by the rapid expansion of the lead mining settlements, ended with Red Bird's surrender near Ketchum's Point. A leader in the Uprising, Red Bird moved in a group of thirty Ho-Chunk along the Cook Street ridge singing his death song. They crossed the Fox to Major Whistler's encampment from Ketchum's Point. The event was associated with a series of treaties which took Ho-Chunk territory and removed them from their lands.
HM NumberHMX7
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number451
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:21am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 302159 N 4824234
Decimal Degrees43.54483333, -89.44895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 32.69', W 89° 26.937'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 32' 41.40" N, 89° 26' 56.22" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-802 E Cook St, Portage WI 53901, US
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