Mayville in Dodge County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wisconsinís First Iron Smelter
In 1847 Judge Alonzo Kinyon promoted a company chartered as the Wisconsin Iron Company. Construction of the first furnace was started at Mayville in 1848 approximately 500 feet southwest of this marker. In 1849 the furnace cast its first molten iron yielding about 12 tons per day, using charcoal from native hardwoods for fuel.
The industry prospered for 79 years, modernizing with the times to an eventual 800 tons of iron per day capacity. It once occupied the entire marker area as well as adjacent acreage. Due to curtailed demand for pig iron, the plant closed permanently in 1928. The last owner was The Mayville Iron Company.
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 193.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 30.403′ N, 88° 32.516′ W. Marker is in Mayville, Wisconsin, in Dodge County. Marker is on North Main Street (State Highway Touch for map. Marker is located on North Main Street at the Lower Mill Pond Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Mayville WI 53050, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berthold "Pete" Husting (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Mayville White Limestone School Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hollenstein Wagon and Carriage Factory (approx. ĺ mile away); Solomon Juneau House (approx. 4.6 miles away); World War II (approx. 6.7 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Horicon Marsh (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mayville.
1. Marker Replacement
This marker was replaced in 2013 due to the deteriorated condition of the original marker. In addition, several corrections were made. The new marker was dedicated on June 1, 2014.
— Submitted June 1, 2014, by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 836 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 13, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2014, by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 5, 6. submitted on October 13, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.