One Native American with strong ties to Wisconsin Dells is Black Hawk, the well-known warrior and leader of the Sauk and Fox Indians. Although neither of these tribes made their homes in the Dells, this is where Black Hawk fled after a devastating massacre at the Bad Axe River in 1832. Native legend has it that during his flight, he coaxed his horse to leap fifty-two feet across the Wisconsin River at the narrowest spot in the Dells, known today as Black Hawk's Leap. Folklore also says that Black Hawk hid until he was captured by two Ho-Chunk braves. Other historical documents indicate Black Hawk surrendered to the U.S. Army after his defeat.
This rock formation along the Wisconsin River resembles a head in profile and is aptly named Black Hawk's Profile after the great warrior who sought refuge among the caves of the Dells.
Photo captured August 7, 2015.
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