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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jefferson County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Jefferson County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jefferson County, WI (31) Dane County, WI (433) Dodge County, WI (22) Rock County, WI (33) Walworth County, WI (18) Waukesha County, WI (116)  JeffersonCounty(31) Jefferson County (31)  DaneCounty(433) Dane County (433)  DodgeCounty(22) Dodge County (22)  RockCounty(33) Rock County (33)  WalworthCounty(18) Walworth County (18)  WaukeshaCounty(116) Waukesha County (116)
Adjacent to Jefferson County, Wisconsin
    Dane County (433)
    Dodge County (22)
    Rock County (33)
    Walworth County (18)
    Waukesha County (116)
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1Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Aztalan — Anne Pickett
The first dairy co-op in Wisconsin founded in Jefferson County 1841-1845 by Anne Pickett (1804-1884) a resident of the Aztalan-Lake Mills area in her log house kitchen from milk obtained from a 20 cow herd plus 10 rented cows on a contract calling . . . Map (db m154444) HM
2Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Aztalan — Pioneer Aztalan
Pioneer Aztalan was settled in 1836 by Thomas Brayton and others at the junction of the Milwaukee-Mineral Point and Janesville-Fond du Lac territorial roads. By 1837 Aztalan had Jefferson County's first post office and by 1842 was its leading . . . Map (db m37023) HM
3Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Cambridge — 19 — Lake Ripley
As a boy Ole Evinrude (1877-1934) lived near Cambridge. His father hoped to keep him on the farm and when Ole built a sailboat like he had seen in a picture book his father destroyed it. In a secret place in the woods the boy built another. Here on . . . Map (db m35297) HM
4Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Concord — Wm. R. Look Log CabinCirca 1850
The Wm. R. Look Log Cabin is an example of pioneer architecture in southeastern Wisconsin. This historic log home was originally located on Pioneer and Elder Roads in the Town of Concord. Over the years the log cabin was covered in clapboard and an . . . Map (db m37007) HM
5Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — 407 — Black Hawk War Encampment"Burnt Village"
A large Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Village dating from the 1700s once stood in this vicinity. Just before the 1832 Black Hawk War, the village was burned during an intra-tribal battle. On July 6th and 8th, the United States Military camped at this site in . . . Map (db m31764) HM
6Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — 152 — Fort Koshkonong
"Whilst lying here we have thrown up a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accomodation of the sick," wrote General Henry Atkinson of this spot in his army report to General Winfield Scott on July 17, . . . Map (db m31765) HM
7Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — 322 — Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds
Between AD 650 and 1200, groups of Native Americans throughout the southern half of Wisconsin and portions of adjacent states built earthen mounds of various shapes and sizes, including mounds shaped like animals, today called effigy mounds. The 11 . . . Map (db m31766) HM
8Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — 303 — Lorine Niedecker
Fish      fowl           flood      Water lily mud My life in the leaves and on water My mother and I         born in swale and swamp and sworn to water Lorine Niedecker (1903-70) lived on Black Hawk Island most of her life and . . . Map (db m32181) HM
9Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — 99 — Panther Intaglio
Discovered in 1850 by Increase A. Lapham, this is the only known intaglio Effigy mound in the world. It was excavated for ceremonial purposes by American Indians of the Effigy Mound Culture about 1000 A.D. A part of the tail has been covered. Of ten . . . Map (db m82646) HM
10Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Fort Atkinson — Soldiers and Sailors
This tree is dedicated to our soldiers and sailors who died in the World War They died that freedom might not perish from the Earth Edwin Baldwin • Guy Black • Warner Boettcher • Wilbur Converse • Paul Florin • Edwin Frohmader • . . . Map (db m39109) HM
11Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Helenville — Zion ChurchThe Evangelical United Brethern Church
On this site stood the Zion Helenville (Walther's) Evangelical Church dedicated in 1854. The first Evangelical service in this vicinity was held May 20, 1843 by Rev. J. G. Miller. Recommended to the ministry by this church were John M. Walther, Jr., . . . Map (db m135067) HM
12Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Ixonia — 46 — Highway Marking
In the old days when both automobiles and roads were few in number, it was easy for those who had cars to get far enough away from home to get lost. While there were some “trails” such as the Cannon Ball Trail and the Yellowstone Trail . . . Map (db m88574) HM
13Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Johnson Creek — 94th Combat Infantry Division
Northern France    Rhineland Ardennes    Central Europe This Monument is a Tribute to the Men of the 94th Infantry Division WWII In recognition of the outstanding war record of the 94th, the State of Wisconsin designated this . . . Map (db m147369) WM
14Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Johnson Creek — 313 — In Service to Their Country
Wisconsin contributed significantly to the military activities of the United States since it became a state in 1848. During the Civil War, for instance, Wisconsin made a major contribution to support the Union. About 50% of Wisconsin’s adult male . . . Map (db m37216) HM
15Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Johnson Creek — Wisconsin Prairies
These are a few of the twenty-five species of grasses and over 250 species of wildflowers that might be found in a native prairie plant community. Imagine what miles and miles of uninterrupted prairie would look like. Early explorers in Wisconsin . . . Map (db m144030) HM
16Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Lake Mills — 11 — Aztalan
Indian people lived at Aztalan between AD 900 and 1200. The village encompassed 20 acres and was well-planned. The inhabitants planted corn, beans and squash, hunted wild game, fished and collected native plants for food. An elite group of . . . Map (db m37429) HM
17Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Lake Mills — Aztalan Mound Park
Site of the famous prehistoric Indian stockade-protected village known as Aztalan first described by N.F. Hyer in the Milwaukee Advertiser in January 1837. Described by Dr. Increase A. Lapham, in The Antiquities of Wisconsin in 1855. . . . Map (db m35296) HM
18Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Lake Mills — 257 — Drumlins
This is glaciated country. Here, as you approach the western edge of Wisconsin’s kettle moraine, you see many land features created by glacial ice some 15,000 years ago. Among the most interesting of these are long, oval hills known as drumlins. . . . Map (db m37215) HM
19Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Lake Mills — 515 — Princess Burial Mound
Ancient people built this mound to mark a young woman's grave. The mound was the last in a line that once bordered the western side of the ancient community of Aztalan and the only one that contained a burial. Her community placed the young woman on . . . Map (db m35479) HM
20Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Palmyra — 408 — Black Hawk War Encampment
During the Black Hawk War of 1832, General Atkinson camped near this location on two occasions. On July 7th, Atkinson led his entire militia, including future President's Abraham Lincoln and Zachary Taylor here. On July 19th, Atkinson returned . . . Map (db m31762) HM
21Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Town of Aztalan — Mamre Moravian Church
This one room log church was built in 1861 by German settlers north of Milford near the Crawfish River. In 1874 it was moved one mile east to Highway Q where it was enlarged to serve as a school room and to house the pastor's family. In 1996 the . . . Map (db m37312) HM
22Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Waterloo — 80 — The Island Church
Built in 1863, St. Wenceslaus Church served families who came chiefly from Bohemia and Germany. The little church, significant in Wisconsin’s architectural heritage, closed in 1891. It still opens for special Masses.Map (db m37705) HM
23Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — Adrian Joss / John P. "Red" Kleinow
[One side of marker:] This memorial is dedicated to the life of Adrian Joss Born in Woodland, WI, April 12, 1880. Addie played baseball for Watertown and Watertown's Sacred Heart Team in 1899. Along with his future major league catcher . . . Map (db m66488) HM
24Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — 74 — First Kindergarten
The first kindergarten in the United States was founded by Margarethe Meyer Schurz in this building in 1856. Moved to the present site and restored in 1956 by the Watertown Historical Society.Map (db m35450) HM
25Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — Fred C. Merkle
This memorial is dedicated to the life of Fred C. Merkle Born in Watertown, WI, Dec. 20, 1888. His father, Ernst Merkle, was a school teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Watertown at the time of Fred's birth. Fred made his major league debut . . . Map (db m66639) HM
26Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — Fred Merkle Field
Fred C. Merkle was born in Watertown, WI on Dec. 20, 1888 to Ernst and Anna Amalia (Thielmann) Merkle. He made his major league debut as a first baseman with the New York Giants on 9-21-07 at the age of 18. During his 16 years in the majors, he . . . Map (db m66500) HM
27Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — In Honor of the 1955 Watertown High School State Baseball Champions
[Marker front:] In 1955 the Watertown Goslings won this city's first State Baseball Championship. Their home games were played at Washington Park, under the leadership of Coach Thompson. The team took pride in their pitching and defense. The . . . Map (db m66494) HM
28Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — 519 — Milwaukee Street Bridge
One of the nation’s most innovative bridge designers of the 20th century, Daniel B. Luten, designed the Milwaukee Street Bridge. Constructed in 1930 by Eau Claire Engineering, the bridge was a rare example of a steel-reinforced, three span, . . . Map (db m35452) HM
29Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — 59 — Octagon House
This 8 sided five story house of solid brick construction was built in the early 1850s by pioneer John Richards. It is the best example in Wisconsin of an unusual architectural design which was in vogue briefly before the Civil War. It was claimed . . . Map (db m35454) HM
30Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — Plank Road Pioneer Barn
This barn was built by an early settler in 1853 was used by regional farmers driving cattle to the Milwaukee market over the Milwaukee-Watertown Plank Road. It was moved from the Plank road area east of the Rock River to this site in 1963 and . . . Map (db m35451) HM
31Wisconsin (Jefferson County), Watertown — 409 — Trail Discovery
On July 18th, during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Little Thunder – a Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian guide to the U.S. Militia – discovered Black Hawk’s Band crossed the Rock River in this vicinity. After receiving the news, Gen. James D. . . . Map (db m35453) HM
May. 18, 2021