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Blanchardville in Lafayette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Earliest Settlers

Zarahemla

 
 
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By William J. Toman, July 9, 2010
1. Earliest Settlers Marker
Inscription. In 1850 Zenas Gurley and his family settled in this area. His charisma and leadership led several of this area's early settlers to convert to the Mormon faith. While worshiping on a site similar to this one, the scenic view led them to believe they had found their "Zion" or ideal society which they called "Zarahemla" or "City of God". Zarahemla was short-lived, however, and would eventually become Blanchardville.
 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 42° 48.438′ N, 89° 52.407′ W. Marker was in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, in Lafayette County. Marker was at the intersection of County Road F and Hill Road, on the left when traveling east on County Road F. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Blanchardville WI 53516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Zarahemla (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zenas Gurley (approx. 0.9 miles away); Argyle (approx. 7.3 miles away); Partridge Hall Star Theatre (approx. 7.4 miles away); Hauge Log Church - 1852 (approx. 8.9 miles away); Battle of Pecatonica
Earliest Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 9, 2010
2. Earliest Settlers Marker
A glimpse of the view of the surrounding countryside mentioned in the marker.
(approx. 10.1 miles away); The Battle of the Pecatonica (approx. 10.3 miles away); East Wiota Lutheran Church (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blanchardville.
 
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Earliest Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 9, 2010
3. Earliest Settlers Marker
The marker is on the western edge of Blanchardville.
Earliest Settlers Marker is Missing image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 20, 2012
4. Earliest Settlers Marker is Missing
The marker was formerly on the post at the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on May 22, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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