Fort Atkinson Built by the U.S. Government

on October 8, 2000

Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County is the only fort built by the U.S. government to protect one Indian tribe from another. The fort was built to keep the Winnebago Indians on neutral ground after their removal from Wisconsin in 1840 and to protect them from the Sioux, Sauk, and Fox tribes, as well as white intruders on Indian land.

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