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Shullsburg in Lafayette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin Lead Region

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 1, 2012
1. Wisconsin Lead Region Marker
Inscription. Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties were once the center of a lead-mining boom. Indians had sold lead to early traders, but there were few white miners here in 1820. Mining brought in a large part of the 37,000 population credited to the three counties in 1850. Prospecting was done by practical men with little aid from mineralogical experts. Their tools were the shovel, pick, gad or crowbar, hand-drill and blasting powder. Mines were lighted by candles set in gobs of fire-clay which would stick to any part of the rock wall. Some of the miners spent the winters in caves or hurriedly prepared dug-outs and were nicknamed “Badgers.” Many of the once thriving mining centers are now ghost towns, only their refuse dumps and pock-marked land bearing the evidence of the old mining days.
 
Erected 1955 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 34.229′ N, 90° 15.772′ W. Marker is in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, in Lafayette County. Marker is on State Highway 11 mile west of Big Cut Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in a vehicle
Wisconsin Lead Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 1, 2012
2. Wisconsin Lead Region Marker
turn out on the south side of Hwy 11. Marker is in this post office area: Shullsburg WI 53586, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Badger Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Badger Mine – Badger Lot Diggings (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Historical Badger Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); United Methodist Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Saint Matthew Catholic Parish (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Old Chicago Stageroad (approx. 2.5 miles away); St. Augustine Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shullsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Historical Society (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 

2. The History of Mining in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Mining Association (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Mining
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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