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Charles Mound
Charles Mound, Illinois.JPG
Charles Mound, July 2014.
Highest point
Elevation 1,235 ft (376 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 95 ft (29 m) [2]
Listing U.S. state high points 45th
Coordinates 42°30′15″N 90°14′23″W / 42.504044253°N 90.239725928°W / 42.504044253; -90.239725928Coordinates: 42°30′15″N 90°14′23″W / 42.504044253°N 90.239725928°W / 42.504044253; -90.239725928[1]
Charles Mound is located in Illinois
Charles Mound
Charles Mound
Illinois state highpoint
Location Jo Daviess County, Illinois,
United States
Topo map USGS Shullsburg

Charles Mound[3] is a gentle, 1,235-foot (376 m) high hill in northern Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States, near the small town of Scales Mound, and 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Galena. It is the highest natural point in the state; thus, it is considered a highpoint.


Charles Mound is the highest natural point in Illinois. (The highest point is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower.) The top of the hill is about 0.25 miles (400 m) from the Wisconsin border. It is within the Driftless Area, a region of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that was not covered or ground down by the last continental glaciers. The hill itself is an erosional remnant, similar to that on which the original village site of Scales Mound was located.

Sign at the summit of Charles Mound, June 2016


Elijah Charles, one of the region's first permanent settlers, arrived in 1828 and settled at the base of the mound and the hill assumed his name.[4]


Charles Mound is located on rolling farmland. The land owners, Jean and Wayne Wuebbels, allow public access only on the respective first full weekends of the months of June, July, August, and September.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Charles". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Charles Mound, Illinois". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Charles Mound
  4. ^ Mansberger, Floyd (1990-04-02). "Scales Mound Historic District" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  5. ^ "2011 Access Dates for Illinois". The Highpointers Foundation. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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