Pardeeville in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Historic Pardeeville / Belmont Hotel
In 1848, New York native and Milwaukee merchant, John S. Pardee hired agents to oversee his Fox River land holdings and to establish business operations from this location. Yates Ashley, the most notable of Pardee's agents, managed the on-site operations and surveyed and platted the town in 1850. Although railroad tracks were laid here 1857, real growth did not begin until after the 1870s. By 1899, Pardeeville boasted of two hotels, a flour mill, a grain elevator, a creamery, several potato warehouses, a lumber yard and a bank.
Built in 1909, adjacent to Pardeeville's railroad depot, the Belmont Hotel served travelers from the six daily trains that passed through the village at the time. The three-story Belmont Hotel is constructed of concrete block and is the most prominent example of Pardeeville's concrete block commercial buildings. In 1973, Mrs. Myrtle Listner-Spear donated the 32 room building to the Columbia County Historical Society for use as a museum. The Belmont Hotel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Erected 1999 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 423.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker
Location. 43° 32.201′ N, 89° 18.018′ W. Marker is in Pardeeville, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is on North Main Street (State Highway 22) 0.1 miles north of Chestnut Street (County Highway P), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Myrtle Spear Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North Main Street, Pardeeville WI 53954, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Angie Williams Cox Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Pardeeville World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Columbia County Asylum Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away); Wyona Park / Rifle Pit Legend (approx. 2.6 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); Major Elbert Dickason / Dickason's "Hotel" (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dickason Park / Toppe Field (approx. 2.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pardeeville.
Also see . . . Pardeeville, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 1, 2009.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
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