MHS Smarty Party: 20 October 2022

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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pilot Mound Plaque (Pilot Mound, Municipality of Louise)

The hill from which the town of Pilot Mound, in the Municipality of Louise, takes its name is a bedrock ridge streamlined by glacial action. Archaelogical excavations in 1908 showed an artificial mound on top of the hill to have been a burial place for late prehistoric Indians. Within recorded time, the hill was a gathering place for buffalo hunters and for Indians who held ceremonial dances there and named it “Little Dance Hill.” A local legend recorded by settlers about 1878 states that, sometime between 1851 and 1855, the Sioux were defeated by Red River buffalo hunters in a skirmish near the hill.

A commemorative plaque for the mound was erected near the Pilot Mound Cemetery by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba.

Pilot Mound commemorative plaque

Pilot Mound commemorative plaque (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.20703, W98.90701
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: The “Old Mound” and Bank Vault (Municipality of Louise)


The Dakota-Metis Battle of Mepawaquomoshin, circa 1851” by Lawrence Barkwell, Scribd.

This page was prepared by Ed Grassick and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 December 2019

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