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Aztalan State Park, Lake Mills

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3.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Aztalan State Park is a Wisconsin state park in the Town of Aztalan, Jefferson County, Wisconsin at latitude N 43° 4' and longitude W 88° 52'. Established in 1952, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The park covers 172 acres (0.7 km2 or 70 ha) along the Crawfish River.Aztalan is the site of an ancient Mississippian culture settlement that flourished during the 10th to 13th centuries. The indigenous people constructed massive earthwork mounds for religious and political purposes. They were part of a widespread culture with important settlements throughout the Mississippi River valley and its tributaries. Their trading network extended from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, and into the southeast of the present-day United States.Pre-history (900–1300)Aztalan was first settled around 900 by a Native American culture known as the Middle Mississippian Tradition. The chief center of a Middle Mississippian settlement is at Cahokia, in present-day Illinois, a city that at its peak had 20,000-30,000 people. This was not surpassed by Europeans in North America until after 1800. These settlements are characterized by the construction of mounds, stockades, and houses, by decorated Mississippian culture pottery and agricultural practices. There are also elements of the Woodland culture found here.
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  • Beautiful park and grounds. Museum somewhat disorganized, and there are items here that have little to do with the Native American history. A volunteer told me that documentation for many of the items...  read more »
  • Quite an interesting place due to the beautiful nature and history. On the territory of the park there is a few trails. Parking at the territory paid.
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  • The park is quite large, with some real history. Indian Mounds and a Indian settlement to learn about. There are park rangers there sometimes and a small history museum with some very knowledgeable st...  read more »
  • Really lame idea for a park. First the white men, for whatever reason, tear down a huge Indian mound. Then they try to rebuild it exactly how it was using their earth moving machines. This would be like tearing down the Sistine Chapel only to replace it with a small wooden shack. And then there is a fence, like 20 feet long, which is supposed to show that there was a longer one that surrounded the place. Why not build one that would surround to really show what it looked like? And to top it all off, the place is mis-named because the white discoverer mistakingly thought it was the Aztec people from Mexico that lived there when it was a whole different tribe which is a slap in the face to them! So if you don't mind big and open boring spaces with not much to really see and a place that has been desecrated by white men, then this park is for you!
  • It was a really nice place to walk around and learn about. Saw a couple of cranes while being there, as well as plenty of fish splashing in the water! Do recommend going there with family just to do something.
  • The mounds make this park one of the most unique in the area. The trails are fantastic and the views are amazing!
  • Hike along the river relaxing. Nice history.
  • Very Spiritual and soothing place
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