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Fountain City in Buffalo County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fountain City

 
 
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Photographed By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
1. Fountain City Marker
Inscription.  Thomas A. Holmes (1804-1888) established the first permanent settlement in Buffalo County in 1839 at the present site of Fountain City. In the fall of that year Holmes and a party of twelve including his wife came up the Mississippi River to barter with the Indians and fur traders using goods he had obtained in Dubuque. He landed on these shores, built a cabin and spent the winter hunting, trading, and cutting cordwood which was sold in the spring as fuel to the passing steamboats. The settlement, which became known as Holmes' Landing, continued to grow and in 1854 the village was platted and the name was changed to Fountain City, which was inspired by the many springs found in the surrounding hills. Although Thomas Holmes remained in this area for only seven years, the enterprising pioneer spirit of this man and others like him founded a lasting community, which was chartered as a city in the year 1889.

Erected in 1985

 
Erected 1985.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
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44° 7.459′ N, 91° 42.587′ W. Marker is in Fountain City, Wisconsin, in Buffalo County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (State Highway 35) and Fountain Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fountain City WI 54629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fountain City (approx. half a mile away); Lock & Dam No. 5 (approx. 5.6 miles away in Minnesota); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 5.6 miles away in Minnesota); We-No-Nah (approx. 6 miles away in Minnesota); Winona County Courthouse (approx. 6 miles away in Minnesota); Winona County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away in Minnesota); The Watkins Manor House (approx. 6˝ miles away in Minnesota); J. R. Watkins Medical Company (approx. 6.6 miles away in Minnesota).
 
Also see . . .  Fountain City, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. "The city is located on a bend in the Mississippi River, where the river flows right at the base of the bluffs on the east side of the valley. Because of this, at some points the city is only two houses wide; one on each side of Wisconsin Highway 35." (Submitted on June 7, 2011.) 
 
Fountain City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
2. Fountain City Marker
Fountain City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
3. Fountain City Marker
Nearby Bluffs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
4. Nearby Bluffs
Fountain City image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
5. Fountain City
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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