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

Village of Potosi

Village of Potosi Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Eric Kuntz, June 10, 2018
1. Village of Potosi Marker
Inscription.  One of Wisconsin's earliest mining communities, Potosi was settled in 1829 after lead ore was found near St. John Mine. Named for the silver mining town of "Potosi" in Bolivia, South America, the village began as three separate settlements and developed along the steep walls of the narrow valley, incorporating in 1841. Located on the Grant River feeding into the Mississippi, Potosi quickly became a leading shipping point for lead ore and a supplier for inland miners. Potosi was one of the largest communities in the Wisconsin Territory, but its early boom was short-lived: by the late 1840's its port filled with river silt, no longer accommodating large vessels, and the promise of gold in California drew many area miners further west. However, Potosi's mining industry was revived in the later half of the 19th century when zinc, a by-product of lead mining, was produced. The Potosi Brewery, built by Gabriel Hall in 1855, remained an important industry for over a hundred years.
Erected 1996. (Marker Number 352.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
Location. 42° 41.323′ N, 90° 42.799′ W. Marker is in Potosi, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker is on Great River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Potosi WI 53820, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasant Ridge (approx. 10.4 miles away); Nelson Dewey (approx. 10.9 miles away); The First Civil War Monument (approx. 11 miles away); a different marker also named Pleasant Ridge (approx. 11.1 miles away); Louis Arriandeaux Log House (approx. 11.3 miles away in Iowa); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 12.9 miles away in Iowa); Iowa's First Church (approx. 13 miles away in Iowa); John Francis Rague (approx. 13.2 miles away in Iowa).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 32 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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