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Celebrate the Spring Equinox at Frank’s Hill
March 20 and March 21
Redwing Blackbird in Bakken's Pond
Photo courtesy of Don Greenwood

MUSCODA - Winter has not yet relinquished the season’s cold grip on the landscape, but the calendar says spring will arrive soon.  The snow cover is disappearing and the sandhill cranes and robins are returning!  g.

 Guests should arrive by 6:30 a.m. for sunrise, or 6:30 p.m. or earlier to observe the sunset.  The site is located two miles west of Muscoda near the intersection of Highways 60 and 193.  Park well off the road on the shoulder and enter by the gate. 

Spring begins at 4:24 p.m. (CDT) on March 20, meaning the first sunset of spring will be that evening and the first sunrise of spring will be Tuesday morning.

Representatives of the Three Eagles Foundation will be on Hill East for both events, weather permitting. Frank’s Hill will be open to the public for self-guided tours the weekend of March 18 and 19.   A short hike to the top of the hill that offers a stunning view of the lower Wisconsin River valley will be required.

Frank’s Hill is on the National Register of Historic Places.  A group of unique effigy mounds is situated on Hill East where the observances will occur.  The mounds are thought to have been built a thousand or more years ago by the people of the Late Woodland Tradition, recognized by many as the ancestors of the modern Ho-Chunk Nation.

To learn more about the equinox event or for directions, contact Three Eagles Foundation President Dave Martin at (608) 739-4198 or Vice-President Mark Cupp at 739-2179 or visit the Foundation’s website or Facebook page