Black Earth in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Patrons’ Mercantile Co-op
Oldest Cooperative in the Nation
The store opened April 9, 1894 in a rented building. In 1897, the business moved to this site. Fire destroyed the old store in February, 1933. Rebuilt by November, "The Store" operated here until 1994.
The Co-op's purpose has always prevailed: "Ownership by the patrons and affordable products."
Erected 1994 by the Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 30.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 8.289′ N, 89° 44.886′ W. Marker is in Black Earth, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Mills Street (State Highway 78) and Spring Street, on the right when traveling south on Mills Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1202 Mills Street, Black Earth WI 53515, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Vermont Creek (approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Halfway Prairie (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Train Wreck of 1906 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Festge Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Turntable, The Engine House, The Water Tower (approx. 3.4 miles away); Crescent Street Factories, Mazomanie Blacksmiths, Coal Buildings (approx. 3.4 miles away); John F. Appleby (approx. 3½ miles away).
Also see . . . The History of Cooperatives in Wisconsin. From the Wisconsin Stories web site of Wisconsin Public Television: "The oldest continuous co-op in Wisconsin is Premier Co-op, a farm supply cooperative headquartered in Mount Horeb. Founded in 1893 as Patrons Mercantile Cooperative of Black Earth, it merged with Mount Horeb Farmers Co-op and changed its name to Premier in March 2000." (Submitted on April 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.