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

Alonzo E. Horton

1813 – 1909

Alonzo E. Horton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
1. Alonzo E. Horton Marker
Inscription. Horton was born in Connecticut. In 1848, he purchased land in this heavily forested area and built a dam across Black Otter Creek to power a sawmill. Water collecting behind Horton's dam formed Black Otter Lake.

Hortonville, named after its founder, quickly developed. Wooden aqueducts were extended from the lake to power the saw, flour and gristmills. Hotels, general stores, and taverns created the present Main Street. This small community was incorporated as the Village of Hortonville in 1894.

In the early 1850s, Horton headed west. He became a prospector and tradesman in the San Francisco, California area. In 1867, he took a steamer down the coast and bought land, using his promotional skills to found New San Diego, where he continued to be a colorful character into old age.
Erected 2001 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 466.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 20.089′ N, 88° 38.246′ W. Marker is in Hortonville, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 15) east of Nash Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
Alonzo E. Horton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
2. Alonzo E. Horton Marker
Black Otter Lake is in the background.
is in Veterans Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hortonville WI 54944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel (approx. 6.1 miles away); New London Fairground (approx. 6.7 miles away); Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); South Greenville Grange No. 225 (approx. 8 miles away); Larson Brothers Airport (approx. 9.4 miles away); Fox – Irish Cemetery (approx. 9.7 miles away); Samuel N. Rogers, Sr. (approx. 10.6 miles away); Fritse Park - Indian Mound Reconstruction (approx. 12.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Alonzo Horton. Wikipedia entry. "... new businesses began to flood into the new tract due to its greater convenience for ships arriving from the East. Eventually the new addition began to eclipse Old Town in importance as the heart of the growing city. Local land exploded in price throughout the 1880s, making Horton a success yet again." (Submitted on July 9, 2009.) 

2. Alonzo Horton: the Man. (Submitted on July 9, 2009.)
3. The Journal of San Diego History. (Submitted on July 9, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 851 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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