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Rochester Wisconsin Mounds
and The Old Indian Trail
Mary Sutherland copyright 2005
Interviewing Rochester's local historian  Peter Laughran.

Mr. Laughran has lived in Rochester for 58 years.In 2002 he
worked to help get Main St. designated as a local historic

This day, Brad Sutherland, Sophia and I, Mary Sutherland,  
are visiting Peter to record and document  the 'old stories' in
hopes of preserving them for generations to come.   -  
Stories of the Mounds and the American Indians that made
their homes in the mound area.

In the above photo you see Sophia and Mr. Laughran going
over maps. He is trying to show us  where the old Indian trails
were located that ran from Tichigan , Wisconsin, (known to
the Indians as 'Healing Waters') , through this area of
Burlington into Illinois.  As he remembers, the old trail ran
through the mound area.  We will be providing you with
photos taken of this trail and the mounds we discover as we
research them.

According to Mr. Laughran, the trail ran through a sector of
Mr and Mrs. Edwin Ela's property. The photos you see on the
left will provide you with our first trip to the  Elas' property,
located outside of Rochester, Wisconsin.

Laughran remembers as a child the visits of the Potawamoni
Indians to his grandparents home. They would bring fresh
caught fish for trade with the family for  some other goods.

The local Indians,   Potawatamis, called the mound builders  
the Hu-Kadesh.

To give you an idea of how many of mound builders
populated this area when the Indians migrated , the Indians
described them to be "thicker than the leaves on a tree".

It is believed that the Ottawas, Ojibwas, and Potawatami
formed an alliance to exterminate them.
According to their legend, their ancestors had conquered
and ousted an ancient  civilization which had dug for copper
and built mounds

Most are very uneducated as to who these mound builders
were and think of them as some primitive culture. This is very
far from the real truth. Below is a photo found in a Michigan
mound that shows that they were so advanced that they
seem to have been performing 'brain surgery' well before the
'time of Christ'. .
Click the photo for larger picture

have been found in the mounds area of Rochester. Mr.
Laughran told us that he found a copper spear head when
he was younger. We also know that others in the area have
found copper arrow heads. Thus it does prove that metals
were being used during this period -
Archaeologists have found Michian copper in artifacts around
the  world.
Scientists agree that they date back thousands of years
before Christ.

The Potawatomi Indians later came into this area. They
started out as hunters and gatherers, eating  wild game, fish,
wild rice, red oak acorns, and maple syrup.
After being pushed out of the hunting ground of Michigan
and into Wisconsin, they learned farming from neighboring
tribes. They grew corn, beans and squash. The women took
care of the field while the men did the hunting. Their modes
of travel was the birch bark canoes and later the horse as
their tribes moved into different regions. They used the
horses to hunt buffalo in the roaming grassland.
It was determined that the trees growing here were Maple, White Poplar, Cherry,
Hickory, White Oak - all wonderful sources in providing a food and herbal medicine
Standing on at a higher point of the mound area, you can look down at
the more marshy area that the most of the mounds are found next to.
The marsh supplied water, abundant food source, navigation, material
for baskets etc.
The mound builders built their sacred sites where the
ley lines cross. (Christian cross) .

The Earth Energy Grid is the earths electromagnetic
field that envelops our planet with a geometric
pattern of magnetic lines of force.  It is an invisible
web of energy that crisscrosses the planet very
similar to the acupuncture meridians of our own
body. The major energy pathways of which the
energy travels are commonly referred to as ley lines.  
Where these ley lines intersect, an energy eddy or
vortex occurs. These are the earth chakra or˜power

The power points are similar to electrical switches or
energy transducers spreading around the planet in
the precise geometry of an icosadecahedron. Sacred
sites of the Ancient Ones built their structures from
pyramids to stone circles to mounds. These
structures worked much like that of the old radio with
a crystal transmitter or receiver..and they were all
tuned to particular electromagnetic frequencies.

At the Ela site we believe we found a magic circle, at
the base of the mound area, facing east, overlooking
the swampy area.
Upper Photo
These circles are many times used to protect the site
from energies outside, and it can also keep the
energy inside. Lower Photo
Even today such magic circles can be found around
the altar of cathedrals and churches.

For More Photos of the ELA MOUNDS Click Here.
The research of the ELA Mounds is Ongoing and
this site will be continuously updated with our
discoveries and more photos.
Brad and Mary Sutherland Researching Ancient Sites
Mary Sutherland is the author of the following books
  • Living in the Light: Believe in the Magic
  • Mysteries: Exploring the Mysteries of Burlington and Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Revelations: Truths Revealed
  • In Search of Ancient Man: Lost in Time
  • The Red Haired Giants
  • Haunted Burlington Wisconsin

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