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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rock County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Rock 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> Rock County, WI (35) Dane County, WI (443) Green County, WI (11) Jefferson County, WI (48) Walworth County, WI (23) Boone County, IL (5) Winnebago County, IL (6)  RockCounty(35) Rock County (35)  DaneCounty(443) Dane County (443)  GreenCounty(11) Green County (11)  JeffersonCounty(48) Jefferson County (48)  WalworthCounty(23) Walworth County (23)  BooneCountyIllinois(5) Boone County (5)  WinnebagoCounty(6) Winnebago County (6)
Janesville is the county seat for Rock County
Adjacent to Rock County, Wisconsin
      Dane County (443)  
      Green County (11)  
      Jefferson County (48)  
      Walworth County (23)  
      Boone County, Illinois (5)  
      Winnebago County, Illinois (6)  
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1 Wisconsin, Rock County, Afton — 586 — Afton Community Church
In the early 1840s, most settlers in Afton were Baptist by denomination and met in various homes. The Town of Rock Baptist Church was founded in 1854 by Rev. H.H. Eddy to accommodate a growing population. This building was constructed in 1862 and . . . Map (db m151151) HM
2 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — Abraham Lincoln
In this building Abraham Lincoln addressed the citizens of Beloit October 1, 1859Map (db m72626) HM
3 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — Beckman Mill
Built in 1868, this mill was purchased in 1882 by August Beckmann and was operational until 1954. In 1990 area volunteers began its restoration. The mill operates on its original equipment by water power and is listed on the National Register of . . . Map (db m49467) HM
4 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 158 — Beloit College
Chartered by the Territorial Legislature of Wisconsin on February 2, 1846, Beloit College has had an uninterrupted life of service since its first class assembled on November 4, 1847. The main College grounds, and this first building, Middle . . . Map (db m22755) HM
5 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 406 — Black Hawk at Turtle Village / The U.S. Military at Turtle Village
Black Hawk at Turtle Village Turtle Village, a large and important Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian village, once stood on the east side of the Rock River near its confluence with Turtle Creek. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, the Ho-Chunk . . . Map (db m129313) HM
6 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 159 — Black Hawk War
In the spring of 1831, the Sauk Indians led by Chief Keokuk left their ancestral home near the mouth of the Rock River and moved across the Mississippi, to fulfill the terms of a treaty signed in 1804. On April 6, 1832, a dissatisfied faction . . . Map (db m22758) HM
7 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 353 — How-Beckman Mill
Constructed in 1868 by William How, the How-Beckman grist mill stands along Raccoon Creek where a distillery and sawmill were once located. In 1882 the Beckman family purchased the property. German-born August Beckman operated the turbine-powered . . . Map (db m47031) HM
8 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 50 — Rasey House
Cobblestone House built in 1850 Home to first President of Beloit College 1850-1851 Now the Chapter House of Beloit Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American RevolutionMap (db m40438) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 555 — Roy Chapman Andrews
Side A Roy Chapman Andrews, one of the most celebrated explorers of the 20th century, was born in Beloit on January 26, 1884. He grew up across the river at 419 St. Lawrence Avenue. Andrews acquired a lifelong passion for the natural world during . . . Map (db m86686) HM
10 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 291 — The Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration for bravery awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, only for a deed of supreme valor and self-sacrifice distinguished by . . . Map (db m22800) HM
11 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway
A living memorial to and in honor of all Wisconsin veterans, living and dead, of all wars in which the United States of America has engaged. Color guard of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment with Old Abe at Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863 . . . Map (db m201399) HM
12 Wisconsin, Rock County, Beloit — 144 — Wisconsin's First Aviator
The nation’s first commercially built “aeroplane” was assembled and flown here November 4, 1909, by Arthur P. Warner, Wisconsin’s first pilot. Self-taught, Warner was the 11th American to pilot a powered aircraft and first in the U.S. to . . . Map (db m42357) HM
13 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — In the Name of God. Amen.
On this spot and in a small frame church known as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Clinton, Rock County, Wisconsin, gathered on the Fifth Day of June, 1860, the following named ministers of the gospel: L. P. Esbuörn · T. N. Hasselquist P. . . . Map (db m26317) HM
14 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — 2 — Jefferson Prairie Settlement
Ole Knutson Nattestad, first Norwegian settler in Wisconsin, came to Clinton Township, July 1, 1838. In his native Numedal, Nattestad had been a farmer, peddler, and blacksmith. In 1836 he and his brother Ansten visited Stavanger and there . . . Map (db m22794) HM
15 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — 496 — Soldier of The American Revolution
Philip Allen was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on July 9, 1757. At the outbreak of the revolution, 18-year-old Allen enlisted as his brother’s substitute in Captain Packard’s company of Colonel David Brewster’s regiment. Allen served in at . . . Map (db m33614) HM
16 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — The Crossing
In 1856 two railroads raced to lay track. Both crews struggled to arrive first so the other would have the expense of crossing the already laid track. The "Chicago and Fond du Lac" (today's C&NW) won the race and the "Racine and Mississippi" . . . Map (db m133535) HM
17 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — The Old Clinton Water Tower
Clinton's historic water tower was built in 1895 by Jacob Miller, a local masonry contractor after a contract had been let for the water works system to Fairbanks Morse & Co. of Chicago the previous year. Constructed of native limestone, it is . . . Map (db m133537) HM
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18 Wisconsin, Rock County, Clinton — The Skavlem–Williams Log Cabin
This structure of hand-hewn oak stood on the farm of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Williams. It was erected during the 1830's by Erick and Ragnhild Skavlem. It now stands as a visible reminder of the sacrifices made by early pioneers as they settled this area.Map (db m25349) HM
19 Wisconsin, Rock County, Cooksville — 342 — Village of Cooksville / Village of Waucoma
Village of Cooksville Cooksville consists of two villages: Cooksville platted in 1842 and Waucoma platted in 1846. John and Daniel Cook settled here in 1840, establishing Cooksville on the Badfish Creek, where a sawmill was soon . . . Map (db m22718) HM
20 Wisconsin, Rock County, Edgerton — 109 — Wisconsin's Tobacco Land
Wisconsin's first commercial tobacco was raised in Dane and Rock counties by cousins Orrin and Ralph Pomeroy in 1854. Grown as a cash crop to supplement dairy income, Wisconsin tobacco is used as a binder in making cigars. Because of the large . . . Map (db m36216) HM
21 Wisconsin, Rock County, Evansville — 548 — CCC Veterans Memorial Bridge
In the summer of 1933, military veterans in Company V-1680 of the Civilian Conservation Corps improved the banks of Allen Creek here, planted trees, and did soil conservation work on nearby farms. They camped at the old County Fair Grounds south of . . . Map (db m86440) HM
22 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — Abraham Lincoln
On October 2, 1859 Abraham Lincoln worshiped with the members of the First Congregational Church which stood on the site of this edifice, 1848 - 1868Map (db m75658) HM
23 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 454 — Burr Robbins Circus
This site served as the Spring Brook Farm winter quarters for the Burr Robbins Circus from 1874-1888. This show was once reported as the third largest circus in America. In 1874, Burr Robbins bought E.P. Doty's 100-acre farm and converted it into a . . . Map (db m109258) HM
24 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church in Janesville, Wisconsin is listed in the National Register of Historic Places May 17, 1990 This plaque donated in loving memory of Robert Rockenfield by his family Map (db m75657) HM
25 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 20 — First State FairOctober 1-2, 1851
Thirteen counties were represented here at the first state fair sponsored by the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society. Entries included horses, cattle, sheep, swine, farming implements, dairy products, flour and corn meal, domestic manufactures, . . . Map (db m37236) HM
26 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — James E. Croft
Croft, Pvt James E 20 March 1897 Allatoona GA 12th Bty Wis Lt Art Medal of Honor Citation:Took the place of a gunner who had been shot down and inspired his comrades by his bravery and effective gunnery, which contributed largely to the . . . Map (db m109005) WM
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27 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 298 — Janesville Tank Company
During the 1930s, the Janesville National Guard armory was headquarters for the 32nd Tank Company, a unit of Wisconsin's famed Thirty-Second Division, which had been reorganized after World War I and equipped with light tanks. In November 1940, as . . . Map (db m47033) HM
28 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 271 — Rock River Industry
Flowing through rich agricultural land, the Rock River provided needed water power for local Wisconsin industries. Among the earliest in the 1840s were flour and lumber mills, followed in the 1850s by woolen and paper mills and, later, cotton mills. . . . Map (db m22725) HM
29 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 93 — Route of Abraham Lincoln1832 and 1859
Twice in his lifetime Abraham Lincoln is known to have traveled within sight of the Rock River east of this marker. Lincoln passed this way July 2, 1832, as a private in a mounted company of Illinois militia accompanying forces under General . . . Map (db m22738) HM
30 Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville — 462 — The Black Hawk War / Black Hawk's Grove
The Black Hawk War In April 1832, unhappy about their forced relocation to Iowa and misadvised by tribal chiefs, about 1,000 Sac, Fox and Kickapoo men, women and children followed Sac war leader Black Hawk back to their Illinois home where . . . Map (db m22757) HM
31 Wisconsin, Rock County, Milton — 582 — Milton College 1844–1982 / Milton College Historic District
Milton College 1844–1982 Milton College began as a select secondary school on the prairie in 1844 as Du Lac Academy. Joseph Goodrich, founder of the community of Milton, established the Academy in a grout building on the town square. In . . . Map (db m175827) HM
32 Wisconsin, Rock County, Milton — 107 — Milton House
Erected in 1844 by Joseph Goodrich, this frontier inn is constructed of grout -- a mixture of gravel, lime, and water. An important stagecoach stop and transfer point, it was also a pre-Civil War station in the underground railroad, and is still . . . Map (db m22728) HM
33 Wisconsin, Rock County, Milton — 229 — Storrs Lake Milton
On July 1, 1832, here beside Storrs Lake, Brigadier General Henry Atkinson and 4,500 soldiers camped overnight in their pursuit of Black Hawk, Sac Indian chief, who was fleeing northward up the east side of Rock River with 400 warriors and 1200 . . . Map (db m22727) HM
34 Wisconsin, Rock County, Shopiere — 13 — Home of Governor Harvey Reported missing
Louis Powell Harvey lived here 1851-1859. He was a leader in business, education, journalism, and politics. Soon after his inauguration, Gov. Harvey led a relief expedition to Wisconsin troops who had just fought their first major battle and . . . Map (db m36390) HM
35 Wisconsin, Rock County, Town of La Prairie — 104 — La Prairie Grange Hall
La Prairie Grange No. 79 was organized February 27, 1873, and the Grange Hall was built between June 20 and September 5, 1874. Constructed jointly with the Town of La Prairie, the Hall cost $1,938.50. In 1960 the Town Board deeded the land and . . . Map (db m40478) HM
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May. 30, 2023