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Mazomanie in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District

 
 
The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
1. The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Marker
Inscription.

In August 1992 thirty-four commercial buildings in Mazomanie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. They represent nearly all of the old commercial portion of the village and give the district a distinctive nineteenth-century appearance. In 1993 a restoration effort began when the depot was renovated for use as a public library and historical research center.

Architecturally, the majority of the district's buildings are classified as Commercial Vernacular or Astylistic Utilitarian. There is one 'boom town' structure, one barn-like livery building, and one Italianate style structure.

Thirteen buildings use cast iron supports in their facades. Many of the building exteriors, although altered in some respect, are remarkably intact. Even some interiors reveal much of their original construction and detail.

The oldest structures are the stone-construction Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill and the frame-construction Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad Depot, both dating from 1857. The 1935 Mazomanie Community Building is the most recent structure.

The J.A. Schmitz building had a second floor hall in which plays, graduation exercises, and travelling shows were presented. Here, in 1882, the Ringling brothers from Baraboo gave the first performance of their Classic and Comic Concert

The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Photos image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
2. The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Photos
Company, the forerunner of their circus.
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[Photo captions, from top, read]
Looking north on Brodhead Street - about 1895

Business District - 1911

J.A. Schmitz Store - about 1900
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Mazomanie Downtown Historic District [Map]
 
Location. 43° 10.547′ N, 89° 47.66′ W. Marker is in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Brodhead Street (County Road Y) and American Legion Street, on the left when traveling north on Brodhead Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mazomanie WI 53560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mazomanie Depot (here, next to this marker); The Branch Line (here, next to this marker); Mazomanie (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ringling Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Mazomanie Electric Power Plant (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flag on the Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Butz Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Mazomanie.
 
Also see . . .

The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Map image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
3. The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Map

1. Mazomanie Downtown National Register Historic District Info. (Submitted on October 26, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History for Village of Mazomanie WI. (Submitted on October 26, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
4. The Mazomanie Downtown Historic District Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 99 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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