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Cassville in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Village of Cassville

 
 
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
1. Village of Cassville Marker
Inscription. Cassville was named for Lewis B. Cass, governor of the Michigan Territory. The earliest mention of the present site was by Henry Schoolcraft in 1820. The settlement began in 1827 when a lead-smelting furnace and a government warehouse were erected and cabins were built.

In 1836, area residents expected that Cassville would become the capital of the Wisconsin Territory. This location was considered central, as the Territory included all of Iowa, Minnesota, and part of the Dakotas. Banking on that prospect, Daniels, Denniston and Company was formed to plat and develop the village of Cassville.

According to his Journal, a young Nelson Dewey arrived in Cassville from New York in 1836 and was employed by the Company. The Company began construction of the Denniston House that same year and hoped that It would serve to house the legislators. Hopes collapsed when Madison was chosen as the capital in November 1836. The Company's plan was not to be realized.

Dewey became involved in politics and held several county and territorial offices. When statehood was achieved in 1848, he was elected Wisconsin's first Governor. In 1852, he resumed his Grant County law practice.

In 1855, Dewey returned to Cassville and purchased the bankrupt Company's interests. He made order out of a confusion of land titles,
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
2. Village of Cassville Marker
Iowa is in the distance.
revived Cassville's commercial prospects, and attracted scores of settlers. The village prospered and was incorporated on March 28, 1882.

Dewey created a 2000-acre estate, west of Cassville, which he called Stonefield. Family problems, a fire that destroyed his home, and financial adversities left him a poor man. He died In July 1889 in the Denniston House, with only friends to care for his final needs. Remnants of his estate now comprise Nelson Dewey State Park and Stonefield Historic Site.

Erected 2007
Cassville Historical Society
Wisconsin Historical Society

 
Erected 2007 by the Cassville Historical Society and the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 511.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 42.718′ N, 90° 59.373′ W. Marker is in Cassville, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker is at the intersection of Prime Street and Wall Street on Prime Street. Click for map. Marker is along the Mississippi River in Riverside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cassville WI 53806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Denniston House
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
3. Village of Cassville Marker
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cassville Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away); Historic Cassville Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pleasant Ridge (approx. 12.2 miles away); a different marker also named Pleasant Ridge (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Nelson Dewey History. Nelson Dewey Park Dedicated to First Governor. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 

2. Nelson Dewey. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 

3. Nelson Dewey. Find A Grave memorial. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Stonefield image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
4. Stonefield
Nelson Dewey State Park
Dewey House image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
5. Dewey House
Nelson Dewey State Park
The house has the foundation and first floor walls of the original dwelling.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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