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Near Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Home of Governor James Duane Doty

(1799-1865)

 
 
Home of Governor James Duane Doty Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
1. Home of Governor James Duane Doty Marker
Inscription. The home of James Duane Doty, oldest residence in Fond du Lac County, was built in 1839. Doty served as Federal Judge, Congressman, Governor of the Territory of Wisconsin and Superintendent of Indian Affairs. He was Governor of Utah when he died.

Doty laid out the Military Road between Green Bay and Prairie du Chien in 1835. He then organized the Fond du Lac Land Company and developed this area. He named Taycheedah from an Indian word meaning "our home."

The land was purchased in 1914 by the state and used for the Taycheedah Correctional Institution.
 
Erected 1976 by The Fond du Lac County Natural Beauty Council by authority of the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 484.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 47.899′ N, 88° 23.062′ W. Marker is near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker can be reached from County Road K 0.7 miles south of U.S. 151, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker and the home of Governor Doty are on the grounds of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution, a maximum and medium security facility for female offenders, and are not available
Home of Governor James Duane Doty Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
2. Home of Governor James Duane Doty Marker
Governor Doty's home is in the background on the right, with the creamery for the home on the left. The home is now used for longer, weekend visits between inmates and their children.
for public viewing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 751 County Highway K, Fond du Lac WI 54937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toll Gate on the Military Trail (approx. one mile away); Edward S. Bragg (approx. 2.8 miles away); Locomotive No. 2714 (approx. 3.1 miles away); G. A. R. Memorial Drive (approx. 3.1 miles away); Spanish–American War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Wisconsin Progressive Party (approx. 3.4 miles away); Union Soldiers Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Military Road (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fond du Lac.
 
More about this marker. As usual when I'm planning a trip, I checked the area for markers before I went to my son's volleyball tournament in Green Bay in October. A marker in Fond du Lac, south of Green Bay, caught my attention because the Wisconsin Historical Society's list of its markers said it was at a correctional institution and "not available to public viewing." I accepted the challenge.

I started by e-mailing the public relations officer for the Department of Corrections, which got me nowhere. Then I called the facility directly, and left a message for the fellow to whom I was referred (I'll call him
Home of Governor James Duane Doty image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
3. Home of Governor James Duane Doty
This is a view of the west side of the home. A closeup of the sign on the upper left of this side of the home is in the next photo.
"Rick" to protect his privacy) and followed up with an e-mail (stating, in part, that I wanted to add the marker to HMdb to make it more widely available to the public). Rick wrote back to say he had gotten approval from the warden for my visit, and to tell me the procedure: Bring a photo ID, go through a metal detector, leave most of my stuff in the car (tongue-in-cheek, Rick mentioned keys, guns, knives, smoking products, etc.").

On the appointed day, my wife and I took the afternoon off work and rode our motorcycles an hour and a half northeast to the Taycheeda Correctional Institution. She waited outside since only I was approved for the visit. At the gatehouse, I left my leather jacket in a locker, went through the metal detector, got my hand stamped with ultraviolet ink, and met Rick. He had a golf cart, which is the best way to get around the 50 acres of the institution.

The grounds of the institution are well-kept, apparently by inmates for the most part (as I saw several mowing the lawn and otherwise landscaping). At least some of the nearly 700 women incarcerated at the facility seemed to be able to walk around freely.

Rick took me to the Doty house, where I got my photos of the marker and the house from various angles. He explained that the marker was not always inside the institution, which made sense -- I couldn't figure out why anyone would
Sign on the Side of the Home of Governor James Duane Doty image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
4. Sign on the Side of the Home of Governor James Duane Doty
put a historical marker inside a prison (even if that's the site of the subject of the marker).

Extrapolating from the facts I was able to discover, it appears that when the marker was erected in 1976, it was outside the grounds of the Wisconsin Home for Women, which had just been renamed the Taycheeda Correctional Institution. The marker was probably enclosed within the institution in or about 1995, when the first new housing unit since 1933 was opened, thus doubling the capacity of the institution.

Rick took me back to the gatehouse after I snapped my photos, and I thanked him and asked him to thank the warden for me. The guard checked my ultraviolet stamp, joking that it was easier for men to leave the institution than for women. As a consolation, my wife took the photo of the institution's sign. I uploaded my prize to HMdb as soon as we got home.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers that mention James Doty.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Correctional Institutions. This page has a link to the official page for the Taycheedah Correctional Institution, which includes some history of the institution. (Submitted on October 29, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. James Duane Doty. A biographical
Home of Governor James Duane Doty image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
5. Home of Governor James Duane Doty
The door to the root cellar for the home is on the right.
sketch from the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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Home of Governor James Duane Doty image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 8, 2010
6. Home of Governor James Duane Doty
A view of the east side of the home.
Taycheeda Correctional Institution image. Click for full size.
By Dawn V. Toman, November 8, 2010
7. Taycheeda Correctional Institution
The barn and creamery for the Doty home are visible just to the left of the old administration building on the right.
 
 
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