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Address: 1236 Riverside Dr, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-1501
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Worth a visit if you're in Fort Atkinson

The panther intaglio (a "panther"-shaped indentation in the ground attributed to mound-building native Americans 1000 years ago) sits more or less in a residence's front yard. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 May 2016
Bill W
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

The panther intaglio (a "panther"-shaped indentation in the ground attributed to mound-building native Americans 1000 years ago) sits more or less in a residence's front yard. It is very simple but pretty impressive. You can definitely see the form of the animal from the ground without any kind of graphical assistance. Expect to spend about 5 minutes looking at the... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

Why go out of the way to view what is, essentially a shaped hole in the ground? Most of the history of the early Native Americans of the Mound Culture is today a mystery. Much of the Mississippi River valley has evidence of these peoples, but little is actually known for sure. This panther shape is the inverse of the... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

Combine a viewing of the Panther Intaglio on highway 106 just west of the city with a visit to the Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson and the wonderful history of Indian burial mounds.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

The Native Americans of the Mound Culture excavated these inverted mounds perhaps for ceremonial purposes regarding water spirits. These were always pretty rare; at least nine others were destroyed and parts of the panther are also missing. The intaglio lies across Route 106 from the Rock River; it reminded me to reflect on Chief Black Hawks words on why he... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

It's a challenge to see and even to find, but worth it for the curious. The Wisconsin State Historical Society has a brown marker at the site along Riverside Drive. The inverted mound is on the north side of the road, just east of Rock River Park. If you are at all fascinated with Native American sites, check this out.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

The Panther Intaglio is a quite rare example of a figure etched in to (rather than built up from) earth. As such, it is a crucial piece of North American native American history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

Whenever friends or family visit us, I always bring them by the Panther Intaglio. Most of them respond with "Uh, ok" because they don't appreciate the significance of the intaglio. According to various sources, this is the only intaglio remaining in the state or the world. The Wisconsin State Historical Society states that there used to be ten in the... More 

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