Makataimeshekiakiak (Black Hawk) REMOVED  LbNA # 25506 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerY's Guys    
Placed DateSep 6 2006
LocationDeSoto, WI
Found By Martini Man
Last Found Jun 30 2007
Hike Distance?

(Update: 2011 REMOVED)

Makataimeshekiakiak (pronounced: Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak), known as Black (Sparrow) Hawk (1767-1838), was the elder war chief of the Sauk(enuk),(or Sac), Native American Tribe. Black Hawk fought long and hard against the westward movement of the white men and did not want to accept treaties that gave away their land.

During the War of 1812, Black Hawk and some 500 warriors joined the British for a time but then were left to defend themselves against the whites alone in what was known as the Black Hawk War. The band was ultimately cornered as they frantically tried to get across the River and, despite an attempt to surrender, the last Indian-American battle fought east of the Mississippi River was the Battle at Bad Axe (or “Black Hawk Massacre”), August 1-2, 1832.

The two-day long battle took place in what is now kwahkcalB kraP dna noitaerceR aerA (BH P&RA) (near DeSoto, Wisconsin) and the surrounding floodplain and uplands. (As a historical footnote, the Black Hawk war gave Abraham Lincoln, later to become the 16th President of the United States, his only soldiering experience; and Jefferson Davis, later to become President of the Confederate States of America, also fought against the Sauk in the Blackhawk War.)


Black Hawk’s Trail has been marked by six Historical Markers in Crawford and Vernon Counties. Follow the self-guided historical tour (read both the new plaques and old markers) to learn more about Black Hawk’s retreat and then finish in (BH P&RA)where the letterbox can be found. (Note: there are additional historical markers on this route and vicinity that you can stop at but we will just list the markers showing Black Hawk’s Trail).

The Black Hawk Trail:

Historical Marker #1: Begin on Westbound Hwy B at Hwy 27 on the north edge of Rising Sun, Crawford County, WI.

Historical Markers #2 and #3: Travel north about 3 miles on Hwy 27 into Vernon County to Hwy 82 West. Turn west (left) onto Hwy 82. Travel about 6 miles (between West Prairie and Red Mound) to find markers #2 & #3, placed together on the right side of the road. (You will pass a separate historical marker placed just before Red Mound).

Historical Marker #4: Continue west on Hwy 82 about 4 miles to Red Mound. Veer right onto County Hwy UU. Drive for another 2 miles, marker is on the left side.

Historical Marker #5: Continue West on County Hwy UU for about 3 miles to Victory at Hwy 35. Turn south (left) on Hwy 35 and go towards DeSoto about 2 miles (1/2 mile past Jct. BI) to large marker on left.

Historical Marker #6: Turn back on State Hwy 35 traveling ˝ mile north to Jct. BI. Turn left (west) onto BI, cross railroad tracks, pass the park gift shop/cafe, and enter the Upper Area of Blackhawk Park and Recreation Area. (State park annual pass or a daily parking fee will apply).

Optional: Pick up a gold colored park map and other informational fliers at the kiosk to the right of the fee collection area to learn a lot more about (BH P&RA)and the Battle at Bad Axe.

Proceed on the main road and park at the playground and beach area by Shelter #3. Find the “Head of Battle Isle” Historical Marker. As you read this last sign on the Black Hawk Trail, look slightly left, in a westerly direction, beyond the horseshoe pits and young oak, where the water starts. Without drawing attention to yourself, walk over and take a look under the largest, exposed, rectangular shaped rock on the right (and another smaller one to keep it secure). Be careful to re-cover well as the area is subject to flooding and drainage.

(Note: Please be extra certain that the box is snapped shut tight! With your help we’re hoping it lasts and everything stays safe & dry! Updates will be greatly appreciated! “Contact the Placer” via clue webpage or E-mail us at Thanks!!)

There is lots of camping and picnic areas as you drive around Peck Lake, in the park. Just continue on the road past Shelter #3 known as the (BH P&RA)Lower Area. If you have time, park the car; pause and be solemn; think of our country’s history and the people who lived here before us.