A young scientist leaves the first account of Wisconsin mounds in 1823.

Narrative of an expedition to the source of St. Peter's River ... in 1823.


William H. Keating was a professor of mineralogy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania who traveled in 1823 on an expedition to the Minnesota River, Red River, Lake Winnepeg, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Superior. He stopped in Prairie du Chien long enough to travel over, examine and reflect upon the Indian mounds in its vicinity. These can be found in chapter VI of volume 1, on pp. 235-245, and are the first reports by a white observer of effigy mounds in Wisconsin.


Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Effigy Mounds Culture
Creator: Keating, William Hypolitus, 1799-1840.
Pub Data: Philadelphia, H. C. Carey & I. Lea, 1824.
Citation: Keating, William H. Narrative of an expedition to the source of St. Peter's River, Lake Winnepeck, Lake of the Woods, &c. &c. performed in the year 1823, ... (Philadelphia, H. C. Carey & I. Lea, 1824), vol. 1. Online facsimile at:  http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/lhbum:@field(DOCID+@l
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