Winter Solstice Tradition Continues at Frank’s Hill

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Effigy mounds at Frank’s Hill courtesy of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board

MUSCODA—The public is invited to Frank’s Hill in southern Richland County on Dec. 21 when the setting sun on the shortest of day of the year will be viewed from a small knoll peppered with effigy mounds, according to Three Eagles Foundation Inc. This year’s winter solstice observance marks the first event at the hill since the death of Frank Shadewald in November.

Area residents are invited to join the group to view the first sunset of winter and to gather around the campfire to share stories and memories of Frank and the mounds. John Heasley of the Iowa County Astronomers will have a telescope available for stargazing. Those attending are welcome to bring their own telescopes or binoculars as well.

The property is located on Highway 193 just off Highway 60 a few miles west of Muscoda and has been the site of many solstice and equinox gatherings in the past. Participants should arrive by 4 p.m. to allow for time to hike to the top of the hill. Dress warmly and bring food, drink and a chair for sitting around the fire.

Directions are as follows: From the north end of the Muscoda bridge at the intersection of Highways 80 and 60, drive west on Highway 60 for two miles and turn north on Highway 193. Park by the first gate on the east side of the road, a short distance from Highway 60, and walk to the top of the hill. For more information, call (608) 739-3188.

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