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Dousman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dousman

 
 
Dousman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, 2009
1. Dousman Marker
Inscription. Shortly after the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad built its line through in 1881, the village of Dousman came into existance (sic). The building of the early railroads meant prosperity and, as they found out across the state, skilled craftsmen and merchants soon opened business to serve the needs of the outlying communities. By the end of 1882, businesses included: a hotel, Cassidy's saloon, Thomas's store also the post office: Hardell's grain elevator and lumber yard, a Blacksmith and wagon shop.

The new village sportingly referred to by some as “Bullfrog Station” because of surrounding bogs and marshes, was characteristic of the hundreds of Wisconsin “railroad villages” that sprang up during the 19th century. It was formally named “Dousman” in honor of Talbot C. Dousman, who is considered the first settler in the Town of Ottawa - his claim dating to 1837.

Located in the midst of a dairy and farming community, Dousman prospered, as it does today. Also of importance after the turn of the century was the states first fish hatchery known as the “Trout Pond”, and the marl beds located some miles to the south of the village.
 
Erected 1985 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 06-01.)
 
Location.
Dousman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 3, 2011
2. Dousman Marker
Looking north along Main Street
43° 0.713′ N, 88° 28.314′ W. Marker is in Dousman, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Main Street near Elm Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker has been moved and is located on the park shelter building in Cory Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 South Main St, Dousman WI 53118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Masonic Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Waterville (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lapham Peak (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Lapham Peak (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cushing Memorial Park (approx. 4 miles away); Hawks Inn (approx. 4.7 miles away); Delafield Fish Hatchery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bishop Jackson Kemper Home Built 1849 (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Dousman, WI Area History. Dousman Historical Society (Submitted on June 16, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Dousman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, January 28, 2015
3. Dousman Marker
Marker at its new location in Cory Park.
Dousman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 3, 2011
4. Dousman Marker
Looking south along Main Street
Dousman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, January 28, 2015
5. Dousman Marker
Marker at its new location on the shelter building in Cory Park.
Dousman Municipal Building image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 3, 2011
6. Dousman Municipal Building
Located immediately north of the marker.
Dousman Fire Dept. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 3, 2011
7. Dousman Fire Dept.
Located directly across the street from marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 788 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on January 29, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on June 3, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on January 29, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on January 29, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   6, 7. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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