“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Shullsburg in Lafayette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Historical Badger Park

Historical Badger Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, May 1, 2012
1. Historical Badger Park Marker
Inscription.  Badger Park, like our Badger State, took its name from this area where some of the miners, like badgers, “dug-in” for the winter, while others, called “suckers” moved on south. It includes 8½ acres of what was considered valuable land, due to lead deposits found in 1838 and 1839, when 50 square feet of ground, with rights to mine, were bought for $250.00. It is east of Badger Hill where Jesse W. Shull (founder of Shullsburg) built his home, about 1818. The west boundary of the park, now known as the Scales Mound Road, was once the Galena Wagon Road. General Grant traveled it and watered his horse at the “Bull Pump” built by Beon Gratiot, who started mining on the very spot now occupied by Badger Park. The “Bull Pump” (probably the first water pump in this territory for controlling water in the mine shafts) was powered by a bull. This raised the water from the mine.

In 1934, during Dr. Henry F. Hoesley’s term as mayor, the city council bought the land for Badger Park. It was a WPA project, approved by the U.S. Government, started September 1935 and completed without costing the
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taxpayers one extra cent in taxes. The shelter houses and bathhouse are of native stone and built to stand.

Shullsburg City Council
Mayor – Dr. Henry F. Hoesley

Harry Nethery - John I. McQuiety
Charles Taylor - Thomas T. Richards

Park Commission
Dr. J.C. Hanifan
John I. McQuiety
Dr. S.A.J. Ennis

WPA --- Approved 1935

Erected 1935 by Shullsburg City Council.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 42° 34.298′ N, 90° 14.1′ W. Marker is in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, in Lafayette County. Marker is at the intersection of West Water Steet and South Galena Street, on the right when traveling north on West Water Steet. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shullsburg WI 53586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Badger Mine – Badger Lot Diggings (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Historical Badger Park
Badger Park Bathhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, May 1, 2012
2. Badger Park Bathhouse
(about 700 feet away); Saint Matthew Catholic Parish (approx. ¼ mile away); Wisconsin Lead Region (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Old Chicago Stageroad (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Augustine Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Benton Wisconsin Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shullsburg.
More about this marker. An identical marker is located on the opposite side of the park.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 8, 2023