Last updated on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Please use the contact information below for the most up to date information.

Category:Archeological site

Audience:Grades PK-12


Phone:Sauk County Historical Society: (608) 356-1001


E13085 Man Mound Road
Baraboo, WI 53913


Only one effigy mound in the shape of a human being has survived nearly intact. Visit it near the base of a high hill in Man Mound County Park, to the northeast of Baraboo.

Probably built more than 1,000 years ago, this huge mound is in the form of a walking man who has horns or is wearing a horned headdress. The mound was first reported by W. H. Canfield in 1859 during a land survey.

It was originally 214 feet long, but road construction in 1905 destroyed the feet and lower legs of the figure. The remainder of the mound was saved from further damage by the Wisconsin Archeological Society and the Sauk County Historical Society that which purchased the mound in 1907. It is now is the centerpiece of a small county park. The Man Mound was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2016.