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*Postcards from Lake Mills
*Grist Mill & Photos from Lake Mills
*The Founding of Lake Mills
*Maps of the Lake Mills Area
*More of the Museum
*How to Help & Our History
*Aztalan Day
*Ancient Aztalan
*Aztalan State Park
*Pioneer Aztalan


Lake Mills was a place some called Keyesville and was part of Aztalan Township in early pioneer history. Today Lake Mills is a showcase growing communty with parks on Rock Lake, access to I-94, a historic downtown and other assests. Lake Mills is a place where visitors always return.

Aztalan, a name derived from a ancient Aztec tradition, was a Native American village hosting a blending of Mississippian & local culture. It later became a bustling pioneer center, and is now a wonderful memory of the past.

Aztalan Day is the first Sunday in July, 10am to 3pm on the museum grounds. Aztalan Day features outdoor exhibits, music, food. Aztalan Day is the 1st Sunday in July.

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Members List:

President:
Robin Untz
Vice President:
Jay Lang
Secretary:
Warren Krueger
Treasurer:
Dawn Stewart
Board Director I:
Charles Roy
Webmaster:
Steve Steigerwald
Research:
Dr. Roland Liebenow

Links Section


AZTALAN STATE PARK WEBSITE

FRIENDS OF AZTALAN STATE PARK

MIDDLE MISSISSIPPIANS-AZTALAN

LAKE MILLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

JEFFERSON COUNTY TOURISM

CITY OF LAKE MILLS

TOWN OF LAKE MILLS

LAKE MILLS MAIN STREET PROGRAM

FARGO MANSION

ROADSIDE AMERICA

JOHNSON CREEK PREMIUM OUTLETS

IN ROCK LAKE??
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The Aztalan Museum will be open Thursday-Sunday 12noon-4pm starting about the middle of May through Sept. Call 920-648-4632. The admission fees at the Museum to $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for Seniors and Students and 5 and under are free. The email address of the society is lakemillsazatalanhistorical@gmail.com and the facebook page www.facebook.com/LakeMillsAztalan Mail Address: Lake Mills - Aztalan Historical Society, Inc. P.O. Box 122 Lake Mills, WI 53551

 


Princess Mound

 The "Princess" mound is also on the museum grounds. The burial has no known parallel in Wisconsin for a ancient female. She was wrapped with three beaded belts containing more than 1,900 shell beads total. The beads used were chiefly discoidal ones made evidently from the shells of the river clam, though several short, tubular beads, probably made from the columella of the Gulf Coast shell, were found. White sand was put over her grave at ground level before the mound was built. A State of Wisconsin historical marker was put up at the Princess Mound in October 2007.


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This stone has been stolen from the Aztalan Museum grounds. Anybody with information is asked to contact us or the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department at (920) 674-7310 or sheriff@co.jefferson.wi.us

 
Founder of Lake Mills


Captain Joseph Keyes was born at Putney, Vermont, Nov. 20, 1795, and followed his father's trade, that of a mill-wright. He first came to Wisconsin on a prospecting tour, in June, 1836, he was impressed with the site now called Lake Mills. During the autumn of 1836, he spent some time at Menomonee, north of Green Bay; at this place he dressed the lumber for a house, which he took to Milwaukee on a vessel, in December, and erected a dwelling there which was standing in 1874. In the fall of 1837, he became the founder of Lake Mills, where he built and operated a saw-mill. He subsequently erected a gristmill at Lake Mills and other mills at Cambridge, Dane county. The first school-house in Lake Mills was erected in 1841 by Captain Keyes, who himself employed and paid Miss Rosa Catlin to teach in it. A son of the captain, Simon S. Keyes, was elected the first school clerk, Oct. 7, 1843, upon the organization of the Lake Mills school district. Abel Keyes, the father of Joseph, died in 1843, his being, it is reported, the first white death in the village. Abel was born at Putney, Vt., Sept. 11, 1773, and was largely instrumental in the early advancement of Northfield and neighboring villages. In 1850, Joseph Keyes removed to Menasha, and erected one of the first saw-mills there. He afterwards resided in Madison, until about 1859, when he returned to Menasha, where he was appointed register of the United States land office. The closing years of his life were spent in retirement. He died in Menasha, Sept. 17, 1874, aged 79 years, having been among the most honored and useful of the pioneers of Wisconsin.

 


Son of Captain Keyes

Excerpt from "The Founding of Lake Mills, A Reminiscent History by Elisha W. Keys"

I remember that once, when I was a boy in Vermont, my father procured an old-fashioned atlas with the apparently unsettled Northwest Territory traced upon it; and, calling my elder brothers about him, pointed with his forefinger on the map to that portion of the Territory which began about the southern point of Lake Michigan and extended there from in a northwesterly direction. He pointed to the mouth of the Milwaukee river; and said he, "Boys, there's where we want to go; that country offers a splendid inducement for settlers. There," said he, "must be water-powers and timber." At this time I was but seven years of age; still I remember the deep interest I took in the conversation and the impression that it made upon my mind.


 
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N6284 Hwy Q (Museum location at Aztalan) Mailing Address is: PO Box 122  •  Lake Mills, WI 53551
phone: 920-648-4632

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