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Poynette in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wallis Rowan and His Cabin

 
 
Wallis Rowan and His Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
1. Wallis Rowan and His Cabin Marker
Inscription. Wallis/Wallace Rowan (1800-1847) was born in Kentucky of Scotch Irish descent. He was a lead miner, trader, innkeeper, land speculator, farmer, and mill owner. In 1818 he married Elizabeth “Betsy” Metcalf in Illinois. By 1828 Rowan was in Blue Mounds, working at Ebenezer Brigham’s lead mine and store. He then began trading with the Indians, first on the north side of Lake Mendota and later at Winnequah Point on Lake Monona, at Cross Plains, and at this spot.

This marker is near the site of a cabin built by Rowan in 1833, three years before he filed a legal land claim in Green Bay. The structure consisted of two log buildings with an open space of about ten feet between them, all covered by the same roof. It stood near the intersection of the newly surveyed Military Road and the Indian trail that ran from Four Lakes (Madison) to the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers (Portage). The Rowan family used the cabin as their home, as a trading post, and as an inn for travelers until they moved to Baraboo in Sauk County in 1840.

Rowan’s property was part of the town of Pauquette, platted by Rowan, A.S. Hooe, and James D. Doty in 1837. The town was named after Pierre Pauquette (1796-1836), who was a friend of Doty, a trusted trader, and interpreter for the Ho-Chunk at the portage, but the plat was never
Wallis Rowan and His Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
2. Wallis Rowan and His Cabin Marker
developed. In 1850 Samuel Thomas was the owner of Rowan’s trading cabin, which was being used as a post office with John Thomas as the postmaster. In 1851 Samuel B. Pinney platted the village of Poynette using much of the same land as the Pauquette plat. The cabin has been gone for years, but Rowan Creek still flows just a few hundred yards to the north.
 
Erected 2012 by Wisconsin Historical Society, Poynette Area Historical Society, Estate of Robert Stiemke. (Marker Number 545.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 23.125′ N, 89° 24.345′ W. Marker is in Poynette, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of West Mill Street and West John Street, on the left when traveling north on West Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Old Settlers Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 W Mill St, Poynette WI 53955, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Muir View (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 4.5 miles away); Veterans of the American Revolution Memorial Bridge (approx. 4.5 miles
Old Settlers Park sign image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
3. Old Settlers Park sign
with Wallis Rowan and His Cabin Marker in background.
away); The Circus (approx. 4.5 miles away); Rest Areas on the I-Roads (approx. 4.9 miles away); Historic Tree (approx. 7.8 miles away); Old Military Road - 100 Mile Point (approx. 8.7 miles away); Dickason Park / Toppe Field (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poynette.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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