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Waterloo puts out bids for park, trailhead building for nature preserve

By Jeff Moore

Design Development for Garman/Knowlton Trailhead Facility, Waterloo, Jefferson County

What is the best way to preserve either ancient Indian burial ground or ancient Indian earthwork? Well, aside from fencing it in and having it patrolled by armed, deputized archaeologists 24/7, you turn it into a nature preserve, golf course or a park.

This may seem counter-intuitive but it actually keeps the burials and earthworks a little safer from looters and it can be turned into an educational tourist attraction which will make people more aware of the local prehistory.

Normally, any foot or vehicle traffic in parks containing mounds is directed away from mounds and generally, signs are present not only to point the mounds or earthworks out and interpret them, but warn people from treading on them as even small impacts can cause them to erode quickly.

The Dr. J.S. Garman Nature Preserve is a wooded hillside park that contains about 26 Indian burial mounds as well as rare plant species and some of the most beautiful scenery in Waterloo. It is part of Wisconsin’s Glacial Heritage Area. The city of Waterloo is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to prepare design development drawings for a park and trailhead building at the Dr. J.S. Garman Nature Preserve. You can find information about the project HERE and/or HERE.

The Dr. J.S. Garman Nature Preserve is a bit north of Lake Mills and contains one of prehistoric Wisconsin’s most endearing mysteries: What exactly is at the bottom of Rock Lake? Check out the Rock Lake Research Society’s website for a lot of mind-blowing information on this mystery. Most likely, the burial mounds in Waterloo have some ethereal connection to the submerged Rock Lake structures, which in turn could be entirely related to the Aztalan site that is just a few miles east of Rock Lake. Or they could just be an interesting blip on the radar of Wisconsin prehistory.

Either way, it’s a good mystery.

Interestingly, part of the Tyranean Bike Race takes place in Waterloo and the word “Tyranean” (most prevalent in Lake Mills) was one of the bases of operation for the early (3000 B.C.) miners and traders of the copper mined in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lake Mills acknowledged the ancient existence of Tyranena and its people by setting aside some land for a park and naming it Tyranena Park.

Bid boner

This week’s bid boner was committed by D. F. Tomasini of Sussex. On Dec. 9, the company submitted a bid amount of $224,646,215.00 for a combined sewer and water main relay project in Milwaukee.

Apparently they added the word “thousand” to a multi-unit bid, ending up with a $264,000 per unit price for 850 pieces. The next lowest bid for this project came in at $749,630.

Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He wishes HR would mistakenly add a few “thousands” to his paycheck.

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