Thursday, January 18th

Jackson County is known for its recreation destinations, ATV trails and tourist spots, but what it might not be known for is its hidden important historical sites.

Tucked back on the hillside in rural Alma Center is a little spot called Silver Mound that holds a special historical value for researchers and human history in general.

“This is one of the first sites in the area that Paleo people visited,” lecturer at UW-La Crosse Constance Arzigan said.

The importance of the site is tied to a special rock inside the mound, which contrary to the mound’s name, isn’t silver.

What makes Silver Mound special is the Hixton Silicified Sandstone (HSS) that comprises the mound and provided high quality material to early humans.