Know Your Wisconsin: Aztalan State Park

Air Date: 08/01/2020 -

Aztalan State Park was established in the 1950s to preserve remnants of the ancient town known as Aztalan, Wisconsin’s first town. The group of people that migrated and built Aztalan originally came from America’s first city, a place we now call Cahokia in southern Illinois. Aztalan included characteristic monuments such as large earthen platform mounds that supported important buildings. The buildings were sometimes religious and sometimes the houses of important people. This historic site is upkept by Wisconsin’s DNR and a group of volunteers known as the Friends of Aztalan State Park. These volunteers are dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and enhancement of a unique, ceremonial, and residential Native American town. To learn more about this important piece of Wisconsin history, visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of Aztalan or visit the Aztalan Museum, located just north of the park.


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