“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Boscobel - A River Town

Boscobel - A River Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
1. Boscobel - A River Town Marker
Inscription. Towns like Boscobel developed along the Lower Wisconsin River as a result of the confluence of transportation networks.

[map of stagecoach routes between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River]

In the 1830s and 1840s, lead mining in southwestern Wisconsin peaked. Mining companies used the Wisconsin River to ship lead to the Atlantic coast via the Great Lakes and To St. Louis on the Mississippi River. When lead prices fell in 1847, river commerce shifted focus to the lumber industry. Thomas Sanders and Asa Wood first settled Boscobel in 1846 and began cutting and floating logs down the Wisconsin River.

The first successful steamboat trip up the Wisconsin River from the Mississippi River to Portage was in 1834. Boscobel became a stopping point for steamers traveling upriver transporting goods and passengers to Sauk City and Portage.

Some travelers arrived in Boscobel by stagecoach. A system of stagecoach routes linked communities and brought travelers to places like Boscobel, where they continued their travels by other means. In 1849, a ferry service crossing the river near Boscobel was established. The ferry ran until the construction of the first bridge in 1874.

In 1857, 192 miles of railroad track opened, following the Lower Wisconsin
Boscobel - A River Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
2. Boscobel - A River Town Marker
Marker is to the right of the center marker.
River valley for much of its length.
The tracks started at Madison, crossed the river at Spring Green, Lone Rock, and Woodman, and ended at Prairie du Chien.
Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Location. 43° 8.98′ N, 90° 42.893′ W. Marker is in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from Elm Street (U.S. 61) 0.3 miles south of State Highway 60, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Floyd Von Haden Boat Landing & Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Boscobel WI 53805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crossing the River (here, next to this marker); Trade Links – River Borne (here, next to this marker); The River (here, next to this marker); The Gideons (approx. 2.2 miles away); The "Dinky" (approx. 11.7 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 12.4 miles away); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 13.1 miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 13˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boscobel.
More about this marker. [photo caption]
Bird's Eye View of Boscobel, Wisconsin 1869. Neg# WH (X3) 33158
This bird's eye view shows Boscobel in 1869. A steamboat on the Wisconsin is pictured at the bottom right of the view. At the middle right, a train approaches.
Also see . . .  Boscobel, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 7, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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