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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 6:


Description of Mountain

-As transcribed from page 52


The scenery in the vicinity of Trempealeau Mountain is perhaps as beautiful as any in the great Mississippi Valley. The bluffs along the river extend about three miles above the village, from Liberty Peak to Trempealeau Mountain, and present many varieties of shape and form, from a low, graceful mound to a towering, rugged cliff. The highest elevation is Brady's Peak, which rises to a height of over five hundred feet above the river, and from its summit a broad view may be had of the surrounding country.

Looking up the river from this peak, Trempealeau Mountain appears far beneath, with its wooded sides sloping towards its crest of evergreens, and its base washed by the waters of the bay that separates it from the mainland. Extending from the bay is a chain of lakes; farther up, is Trempealeau River, winding among the woods and tall grasses; and in every direction from the river gleam the waters of sloughs where the wild rice bends above the haunts of the wild duck. Far below, gliding in solemn majesty, is the tawny Mississippi, bounded by ragged bluffs and dotted with islands of innumerable shape and size, that rest on the glassy surface like huge wooded rafts. Across the river rise the Minnesota bluffs, holding in their embrace numerous cozy valleys. The hills seem to roll like great green waves, breaking the land into a succession of valleys; and reposing among them are many sequestered homes.

Indian tradition early associated itself with one peculiarly situated mountain among the Trempealeau range. This, they believed, had been carried off by supernatural force from the neighborhood of a Sioux village on the site of modern Red Wing. When warriors of this tribe found it at its present location they are said to have called it Pah-hah-dah (The moved mountain); while the neighboring Winnebago gave it the appellation of Hay-nee-ah-chah (Soaking Mountain).1  The French voyageurs translated these terms into La Montagne qui trempe a l'eau (The mountain that is steeped in the water).


Resources for the above information:

1 - L. H. Bunnell, Winona and Its Environs (Winona, 1897), 112-114, 187.

 


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