Term: Black Hawk at Turtle Village (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Corner of Public Ave. and State St., in Heritage Park, along Rock River walkway, Beloit, Rock County
Turtle Village, a large and important Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian village, once stood on the east side of the Rock River near its confluence with Turtle Creek. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, the Ho-Chunk sheltered Sac Indian leader Black Hawk and his followers during their northern escape from the military in Illinois. After Black Hawk left Turtle Village, Chief Whirling Thunder ordered the village abandoned, fearing military retaliation. The Ho-Chunk never returned.
[Source: Source: McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead (Madison:WHS, 1999).]