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Portage in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Society Hill Historic District

 
 
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By Keith L, June 7, 2009
1. Society Hill Historic District Marker
Inscription.  This 137 building district is bounded, in part, by Emmett, Cass, Wisconsin and MacFarlane streets. Most of the houses were constructed between 1870 and 1910 and are in the Italianate and Queen Anne architectural styles.

Society Hill reflects the wealth and prestige of Portage's early prominent families who lived here because of its convenience to the downtown and the railroad. Located just south of the large Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad complex, the district housed many skilled railroad workers.

The district contains the homes of two Pulitzer Prize winners, Zona Gale and Frederick Jackson Turner.

Society Hill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
 
Erected 2002 by the Portage Landmark Preservation Society, Inc. & the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 480.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 43° 32.58′ 
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By Keith L, June 7, 2009
2. Society Hill Historic District Marker
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N, 89° 27.922′ W. Marker is in Portage, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of MacFarlane Road and West Franklin Street, on the right when traveling south on MacFarlane Road. Marker is at the Museum at the Portage – the 1912 house of Zona Gale. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 804 MacFarlane Road, Portage WI 53901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trinity United Church of Christ (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frederick Jackson Turner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zona Gale (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pierre Pauquette Ferry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ketchum’s Point (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet (approx. 1.1 miles away); Marquette (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort Winnebago (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portage.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,046 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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