Hortonville in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Alonzo E. Horton
1813 – 1909
Hortonville, named after its founder, quickly developed. Wooden aqueducts were extended from the lake to power the saw, flour and gristmills. Hotels, general stores, and taverns created the present Main Street. This small community was incorporated as the Village of Hortonville in 1894.
In the early 1850s, Horton headed west. He became a prospector and tradesman in the San Francisco, California area. In 1867, he took a steamer down the coast and bought land, using his promotional skills to found New San Diego, where he continued to be a colorful character into old age.
Erected 2001 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 466.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 20.089′ N, 88° 38.246′ W. Marker is in Hortonville, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 15) east of Nash Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel (approx. 6.1 miles away); New London Fairground (approx. 6.7 miles away); Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); South Greenville Grange No. 225 (approx. 8 miles away); Larson Brothers Airport (approx. 9.4 miles away); Fox – Irish Cemetery (approx. 9.7 miles away); Samuel N. Rogers, Sr. (approx. 10.6 miles away); Butte des Morts (approx. 12.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Alonzo Horton. Wikipedia entry. "... new businesses began to flood into the new tract due to its greater convenience for ships arriving from the East. Eventually the new addition began to eclipse Old Town in importance as the heart of the growing city. Local land exploded in price throughout the 1880s, making Horton a success yet again." (Submitted on July 9, 2009.)
2. Alonzo Horton: the Man. (Submitted on July 9, 2009.)
3. The Journal of San Diego History. (Submitted on July 9, 2009.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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