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Aztalan State Park, Lake Mills

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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  • Well worth the visit. Its amazing to see back into their culture. And the Creek is beautiful and peaceful.  more »
  • We toured the Museum compound adjacent to the State park on the north. It did include info on the archaeological digs at the park and some artifacts. The park has good walking trails, representations ...  more »
  • Fantastic reminder of a culture few really know existed! Not as large as Cahokia but SO obviously the same people (the reviewer that said it was the Aztecs was wrong).  more »
  • We didn't get to explore as much as we wanted because my daughter got sick. What we did see was pretty cool. We stopped at the Visitor's Center, which is temporarily in a trailer. The volunteer was very enthusiastic an knowledgeable. The video was very good. It is fairly easy to get to the reconstructed village. I wish the signage was a little better, but it wasn't bad.
  • One of the smaller state parks. Not as built up as some. But, that makes for a more peaceful hiking experience. Be sure to read the signs about the areas history.
  • Pyramids in Wisconsin!! Heard about this a few years ago and I am so glad we went. Most people I talk to are not aware of the history here. Great little State Park to walk around and explore. Our kids loved it and rated it as one of their favorite places to date. We also had a picnic ready to pack out your garbage. The visitor center was open. Enthusiastic staff willing to answer questions. Cash only purchases. Definitely worth the time to go check it out!!
  • Historic area. Stream and hiking trails available. Think you could launch a kayak from the banks, though not sure. There are wooden structures resembling what the native Americans constructed hundreds of years ago. Rest rooms available.
  • I went to Cahokia Mounds (misspelled in Aztalan brochure) earlier in the year. Feeling the connection of this great Mississippian civilization here is awesome. Park should be open at night, since most of the structures there correlate to the stars...

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