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Mineral Point in Iowa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Mineral Point

 
 
Historic Mineral Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
1. Historic Mineral Point Marker
Inscription. In the 1820s, after hearing reports of abundant lead in the area, prospective miners with "lead fever" began pouring into southwestern Wisconsin. Finding ore just beneath the surface, miners set up "diggings" and soon established Mineral Point. It quickly became the regional center for land sales and government. In 1836, the Territory's first governor, Henry Dodge, was inaugurated here and served his first term out of Mineral Point. Immigrant Cornish miners brought advanced hard-rock and deep mining skills and a distinctive stone building tradition to the area. The lead industry waned in the 1860s, but zinc mining developed in the 1880s and flourished into the early 20th century. After new technology slowed the demand for lead and zinc, Mineral Point's industrial focus changed to agriculture. The 1930s marked the birth of Mineral Point's preservation movement, but it did not develop on a large scale until the 1960s when artists, crafts people and preservationists began to restore many of the old mining town's limestone buildings. In 1971 Mineral Point was listed as Wisconsin's first historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1996 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 343.)
 
Marker series. This marker
Historic Mineral Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
2. Historic Mineral Point Marker
The marker is in Water Tower Park.
is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 51.794′ N, 90° 11.191′ W. Marker is in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in Iowa County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridge Street (State Highway 39) and Madison Street, on the left when traveling south on Ridge Street. Click for map. The marker is on the east side of Water Tower Park. 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 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisconsin Territory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Fort Jackson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shake Rag (approx. 0.6 miles away); Laurence F. Graber (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dodge's Grove and Fort Union (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fort Defiance (approx. 5.5 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Iowa County Courthouse (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mineral Point.
 
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Building in Water Tower Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
3. Building in Water Tower Park
Stone Marker on Building in Water Tower Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
4. Stone Marker on Building in Water Tower Park
Pendarvis State Historic Site, Mineral Point image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, April 30, 2011
5. Pendarvis State Historic Site, Mineral Point
 
 
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