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Janesville in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First State Fair

October 1-2, 1851

 
 
First State Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 24, 2010
1. First State Fair Marker
Inscription. Thirteen counties were represented here at the first state fair sponsored by the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society. Entries included horses, cattle, sheep, swine, farming implements, dairy products, flour and corn meal, domestic manufactures, needle work, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Highlights of the occasion were the plowing matches and an address by John W. Lathrop, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin. The fairgrounds contained 6 acres and about 10,000 people attended.
 
Erected 1954 by the Rock County Historical Society. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 41.047′ N, 89° 1.036′ W. Marker is in Janesville, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker is at the intersection of South Atwood Avenue and East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Atwood Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Atwood Avenue, Janesville WI 53545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Congregational Church (approx. half a mile away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. half a mile away); Janesville Tank Company
First State Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 24, 2010
2. First State Fair Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Burr Robbins Circus (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Black Hawk War / Black Hawk's Grove (approx. 1.3 miles away); La Prairie Grange Hall (approx. 5.1 miles away); Rock River Industry (approx. 5.9 miles away); Route of Abraham Lincoln (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Janesville.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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