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Mazomanie in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mazomanie

 
 
Mazomanie Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. Mazomanie Marker
Inscription. In 1850, the Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road Company began building a line to span the lower third of Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien. Chief Engineer Edward Brodhead concluded that this area's topographical features were ideal for constructing a railroad servicing station and a commercial trading village. In 1855, he platted the village and named it "Mazomanie," an Indian name he believed to mean "Iron Horse." Mazomanie developed quickly after a dam and millrace were built to harness the water power of Black Earth Creek. The new railroad village revitalized the lagging farm economy of the early settlers, who arrived in the 1840s under the auspices of the British Temperance Emigration Society. By the mid-1870s Mazomanie was a thriving commercial and industrial center of over 1100 people. The village eventually supported two flour mills, two creameries, a brewery, four blacksmith shops, a foundry, and factories which produced knitted goods, cabinets, carriages, wagons, and agricultural implements. Many of Mazomanie's 19th-century buildings remain in the village today
 
Erected 1996 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 337.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Mazomanie Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. Mazomanie Marker
43° 10.545′ N, 89° 47.642′ W. Marker is in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Brodhead Street and American Legion Street, on the right when traveling north on Brodhead Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mazomanie WI 53560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mazomanie Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Branch Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flag on the Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad in Mazomanie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ringling Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Mazomanie Electric Power Plant (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Mazomanie.
 
Also see . . .  Village of Mazomanie History. (Submitted on May 30, 2009.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Nearby Mazomanie Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
3. Nearby Mazomanie Depot
Mazomanie's 1857 Railroad Depot is the oldest wooden depot in the Midwest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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