Wyocena in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Major Elbert Dickason / Dickason's “Hotel”
Major Elbert Dickason
Major Elbert Dickason founder of Wyocena, was born in Virginia in 1799. He moved to Illinois where he joined their militia during the Black Hawk War. Representing a Milwaukee land investor, he founded Columbus in 1839. When his ventures failed in 1843, he moved with his wife Obedience and family to Wyocena. He purchased land for $1.25 per acre, built a cabin, and surveyed, platted, and named the future settlement.
Major Elbert Dickason's log cabin became a refuge for many land buyers who flocked to this area in the 1840s. In 1846, Dickason began construction of a two-story frame hotel to accommodate the buyers. Unfortunately, Dickason died in 1848, before the hotel was completed and his relatives finished the structure. Eventually, the hotel was sold to Columbia County as the county's first home for the mentally impaired and the poor. The building served in this capacity for over 100 years.
Erected 2000 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 468.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 29.829′ Touch for map. Marker is in Village Park, northeast of the State Highway 22 Duck Creek bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Lovers Lane, Wyocena WI 53969, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dickason Park / Toppe Field (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia County Asylum Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Pardeeville / Belmont Hotel (approx. 2.8 miles away); Angie Williams Cox Public Library (approx. 2.8 miles away); Pardeeville World War I Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Samuel & Chloe Leonard Doud (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyocena.
Also see . . . History of Columbia County. (Submitted on September 29, 2009.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
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