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Near West Salem in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Village of Neshonoc

 
 
Village of Neshonoc Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Village of Neshonoc Marker
Inscription.  The nearby limestone grist mill and dam are the remnants of what once was a mid-19th century village located at this site. Vermont millwright and speculator Monroe Palmer purchased fifteen acres of land on the La Crosse River and constructed the dam and mill in 1852. Three years later, Palmer hired a surveyor to plat a village of eighteen blocks and 147 lots, which he called "Neshonoc," after the Ho-Chunk name for this place. Neshonoc was considered for the La Crosse County seat and a La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad Company station, and soon businesses, a church, a school, and homes sprang up. The forward thinking Palmer and his brother, Dr. Horace Palmer, built two innovative Octagon houses near the river. But in 1858, the railroad bypassed Neshonoc, laying its line closer to the nearby Village of West Salem. Many residents of Neshonoc moved their homes and businesses there, and by the 1890s Neshonoc had almost disappeared from the landscape.
 
Erected 1997 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 349.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
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. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 43° 54.766′ N, 91° 4.553′ W. Marker is near West Salem, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is on State Highway 16 east of State Highway 108, on the left when traveling east. Marker is at an unpaved highway pull-off. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Salem WI 54669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hamlin Garland (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hamlin Garland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Stanley R. Christianson (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Mindoro Cut (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Valley View Site (approx. 7 miles away); Tim Gullikson (approx. 8 miles away); Luther College (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Salem.
 
Village of Neshonoc Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, April 2, 2015
2. Village of Neshonoc Marker
Marker received a new paint job. Looks nice!
Village of Neshonoc Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
3. Village of Neshonoc Marker
Village of Neshonoc Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
4. Village of Neshonoc Marker
Nearby Mill and Dam image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
5. Nearby Mill and Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,179 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on May 1, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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