Friday, June 13, 2014

A Swing Into Iowa

After viewing several mound sites in Wisconsin, we went over to Iowa, to visit Effigy Mounds National Monument and Pikes Peak State Park, both of which are close to the Mississippi River.  Looking east from the visitor center at Effigy Mounds NM, the closer body of water (with the two men fishing from their boat) is Bluegill Pond.  On the other side of the railroad tracks is the Mississippi, beyond which is Wisconsin.

This group of conical mounds is a short walk from the visitor's center.

This path leads up to several groups of mounds within Effigy Mounds NM.  We didn't get to see any of them because the bus could not (and did not try to) travel on the back road leading to them.

Over at Pikes Peak SP, the Bear Mound was a short distance from the parking lot.  Here's part of the mound, mainly the lower part of the "bear".

Some archaeological tourists take a walk around the "bear".

Pikes Peak is set on a bluff above the Mississippi, and thus included some great viewing areas.  This view looks north, with Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in the background.

Looking east, we could see a railroad bridge span the mouth of the Wisconsin River as it empties into the Mississippi.

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