The Mississippi River separates Mercer County Illinois, from Muscatine County, and Louisa County, Iowa, borders Muscatine County on the south. Both of these counties have yielded many valuable relics of the prehistoric people who once filled and owned these lands. The Davenport Academy of National Sciences has carefully worked these fields and Muscatine antiquarians have done likewise. But it is not of the numerous, conspicuous, fertile mounds of these regions I wish now to speak. Mr. Jas. Wier, of Muscatine, for the past few years has become a zealous collector of a great variety of curious things. Chief among these are stone implements which have been made or are supposed to have been made by some prehistoric or savage race. An implement was brought to him by a farmer in Mercer County, Illinois, which it seems to me bears the internal evidence of being genuine. The stone seems to be a kind of porphyry. It is quite systematically wrought in the shape of a double ax.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences
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Witter, F. M.
"Notice of a Stone Impement from Mercer County, Illinois and One from Louisa County, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 1(Pt. 3), 31-32.
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