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Mineral Point in Iowa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Shake Rag
 
Shake Rag Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
1. Shake Rag Marker
 
Inscription. In the 1830ís, tin miners from Cornwall, England started coming to S. W. Wisconsin to work the newly discovered lead ore deposits. In certain localities they built their stone cottages similar to the ones of their homeland.

Shake Rag, the greatest concentration of these homes, was so named because at meal time the shaking of rags by the womenfolk would call the men from the mines on the opposite hill.
 
Erected 1951 by the citizens of Mineral Point. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 51.648′ N, 90° 10.524′ W. Marker is in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in Iowa County. Marker is on Shake Rag Street east of Wisconsin Highway 23, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mineral Point WI 53565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wisconsin Territory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Mineral Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); Laurence F. Graber (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dodge's Grove and Fort Union (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fort Defiance (approx. 5 miles away); Iowa County Courthouse (approx. 7.3 miles away); Old Military Road (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mineral Point.
 
Local Architecture Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, May 21, 2011
2. Local Architecture
 

 
Also see . . .  Mineral Point - Living History. "Prospectors, miners and adventurers swarmed the hills and lived in crude shelters known as "badger holes", from which Wisconsin got it's nickname: The Badger State. The discovery of lead gave rise to the first "mineral rush" in the United States and Mineral Point grew to be the largest, most important settlement in the area.... In 1830 Mineral Point had a population greater than that of Milwaukee and Chicago combined." (Submitted on October 14, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
 
Local Architecture Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, May 21, 2011
3. Local Architecture
 
 
Shake Rag Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
4. Shake Rag Marker
 
 
Nearby Sign - Mine Hill Prairie Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
5. Nearby Sign - Mine Hill Prairie
The Merry Christmas Mine Hill, part of Pendarvis State Historic Site, is in the background.
 
 
Train Station Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, circa May 11
6. Train Station
 
 
Walker House 1836 Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, circa May 11
7. Walker House 1836
 
 
Emslie House built 1840 Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, May 21, 2011
8. Emslie House built 1840
 
 
Local Architecture Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, May 21, 2011
9. Local Architecture
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 14, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 5, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott, Arizona. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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