Reedsburg in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1844 · 1851
J.W. Babb. First
1844 · 1851
M. Baker, Grandson.
Erected by M. Baker and H.V. Hamilton. (Marker Number 89.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 43° 31.943′ N, 90° 0.663′ W. Marker is in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 23/33) west of Webb Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker is by the east bank of the Baraboo River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 East Main Street, Reedsburg WI 53959, 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. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clare Briggs, Cartoonist (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist (approx. 4.2 miles away); Van Hise Rock (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named Van Hise Rock The Ironton Mine (approx. 6.6 miles away); Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society (approx. 8˝ miles away); Vodak Memorial Park (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedsburg.
More about this marker. Babb's Ford was the only river crossing in the area from 1844 to 1851. Babb's Ford, or Babb's Crossing, is where a bridge now spans the Baraboo River in Reedsburg; named for James Wilson Babb (1789-1875), who was the earliest settler in the region.
This is a Wisconsin Registered Landmark – Number 89; Wisconsin Council for Local History.
Also see . . .
1. Reedsburg's Notable Citizens. "Our most noted pioneer arrived here before Reedsburg was even a place. In the spring of 1844 this was just a lonely spot known to the few settlers in Wisconsin as 'Indian Ford.'" (Submitted on July 22, 2010.)
2. James Babb. (Submitted on July 22, 2010.)
3. History of Reedsburg. (Submitted on July 22, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.