The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board (LWSRB) and Cultural Landscape Legacies, Inc., will co-host an open house for the public to review the draft of a new map showing the cultural and natural history of the lower Wisconsin River valley. The open house will be held at the Riverway Board office, 202 N. Wisconsin Ave., in Muscoda, from 10:00 to noon, on Saturday, October 29th.
Christina Dennis, a recent University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, is creating the map as her senior capstone project. Her faculty advisor is Dr. William Gartner of the UW-Madison Geology Department. The new map will be available online for area residents and travelers to download and will point to sites of interest from natural features and public access points to archeological and historical sites in communities from Prairie du Sac to Prairie du Chien. When completed, limited paper copies of the map also will be available. Public comment and input are appreciated. See the map at https://geography.wisc.edu/lower-wisconsin-riverway-map/.
In addition to reviewing the map, individuals are invited to ask questions about ancient peoples, area effigy mound sites, rock art, early European explorers and Euro-American settlers, local historical sites, and folks may bring artifacts for possible identification.
Mark Cupp, Riverway Board Executive Director, said, “Christina Dennis has created a beautiful map with a wealth of useful information about the Riverway. She is sincere in wanting input from the public to make certain there are no errors so that the final product is accurate and will stand the test of time. For those who are unable to attend the October 29th open house, please visit the website and offer feedback on the easy to use comment tool.”