Elk Mound --- once a Native American lookout

April 30, 2014

The following was drawn from the Village of Elk Mound website:

“Elk Mound is one of the highest spots in Dunn County. Native Americans once used it as a look-out. In 1926, Paul Kreck erected a flagpole on the mound. Earl Hansen and Leon Cartwright, owners of farms north of the hill, built the first dirt road up the hill sometime after 1924. In 1934, rural letter carriers of Dunn County planted a tree on the top of the mound, and placed a plaque dedicated to the ‘deceased rural letter carriers of Dunn County.’ Soil taken from every carrier's route was placed around the tree. In 1937, the county, with Works Progress Administration aid, constructed an observation tower (the castle) about 25 feet in height. The stones came from the Downsville stone quarry, with additional stones and material from a dismantled livery stable in the Village. A dedication ceremony was held Friday, November 11, 1938 and a roll call of deceased Dunn County letter carriers was sealed in a granite marker.”

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This view was taken from 970th Street east of Elk Mound; 970th juts off Hwy 29 to the south. If you squeeze your eyes hard enough, you can see the American flag in the center. We’ll zoom in on that.

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This is a view to the south, with the village of Elk Mound at the base of the mound.

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This is a view out to the west, and you can see the ridges of the Western Uplands Geographic Province in the distance.