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Early settlers to southwest Wisconsin utilized the abundant rivers and other natural resources to their advantage when establishing communities. Each Grant County community has an interesting and unique history. Originally known as Blake's Prairie, then as Tafton, the "Blooming Town" was named after the agricultural "blooming" that occurred in the area after a local blacksmith patented a device for sowing oats in More about Bloomington history.
Taft inthis stone mill was once described as "the best equipped merchant and custom mill in the west.
Open daily. Blake's Prairie Jr. Fair The Blake's Prairie Jr. Fairestablished inis held at the fairgrounds on the north edge of Bloomington in July. The fair highlights the work of area 4-H and FFA youth and provides family entertainment for the weekend. The food stands are fund-raising projects of community church and service organizations. While visiting the fair, sample the smoked meats and sausages at Bloomington Custom Meats or try some tasty baked goods at Ma's Bakery. For more Bloomington information, call Grant County Tourism office at When the railroad arrived inonly two rugged loggers lived in the beautiful oak grove where the city now stands.
They weren't alone for long. The railroad's arrival meant commerce, and Boscobel soon thrived. The concept of the Gideon Bible was born here. Now a Civil War museum. Open during community festivals or by appointment.
They were prominent architects who deed many Wisconsin schools, including the first Normal School teachers college in Platteville. Tours by appointment. Boscobel Hotel - Wisconsin Avenue, Tours By appointment. Museums and Recreation The restored depot has been developed as a railroad and early America museum. The nursery is the largest of its kind in the state. Tours are available. For more Boscobel information, call or see the Boscobel website. The town of Cassville is located along the Mississippi River.
In the s, Cassville was a bustling river town that tried unsuccessfully to become the first Territorial Capital. Nelson Dewey became Wisconsin's first governor in The car ferry runs May-Oct. Call for hours of operation. Answering machine provides 24 hour information. Agricultural Beginnings, Museums and Recreation, Admission Fee This open-air museum depicts a turn-of-the-century farming community where you can learn how to make brooms, visit with shopkeepers, eat ice cream and stroll through the village park. Hundreds of antique farm implements are in the State Agricultural museum.
Political Beginnings, National Register of Historic Places Costumed guides lead you through the reconstructed home of Wisconsin's first state governor, elected in Hear the stories of his life and time. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through early October. See Indian mounds, watch eagles in fall and winter, and walk through native prairie. Camp, hike and picnic.
For more Cassville information, call or see the Cassville website. Originally established as an agricultural and railroad community, Cuba City had a population of 48 people in the census. A roide inn called "The Western," built inprovided room and board for many travelers. The official name of the town was changed to Cuba City in the s.
Cuba City is also referred to as the "City of Presidents. Parade of Presidents Established inthe Presidential Shields lining Main Street portray the silhouette, name and years of service for each President. For more Cuba City information, call or see the Cuba City website. Religious Beginnings A religious and patriotic wonder made of stone, mortar and millions of pieces of colored glass, gems, stalactites and more, the Dickeyville Grotto was built between by Father Matthias Wernerus, Pastor of the Catholic Parish from to Open year-round. For more Dickeyville information, call or see the Dickeyville website.
He mysteriously disappeared during the Black Hawk War, never to be seen again. Museums and Recreation, Admission Fee Enjoy reliving the past as you meander through this collection of dolls and puppets, tractors, circus memorabilia, pedal cars and more. Museums and Recreation A shiny black, Davenport narrow gauge steam engine in front of the museum honors the "Dinky," a train line which ran between Fennimore and Woodman.
The Railroad and Historical Society Museum features train memorabilia and a miniature train available for rides on scheduled days. The museum also showcases an excellent collection of antique farm tools and equipment, military uniforms and war memorabilia, and home appliances and tools from the era. Open daily 10 a. Dwight T. Parker Library - Lincoln Avenue. For more Fennimore information, call or see the Fennimore website. Eagle Valley is a acre preserve along the Mississippi River privately owned and managed by Kohler Co. A large population of eagles make Grant County their year-round home.
The winter months provide the ideal time for observing eagles between Glen Haven and Cassville.
The wooded Mississippi River bluffs, open water, and public lands in this area provide ideal habitat for eagles, as well as other wildlife and plant species. In the s, a feud over possession of a lead mine between James Hardy and Moses Meeker gave this site its name of "Hardy's Scrape. The name of Hazel Green was adopted when the town incorporated in Many zinc ore producing mines were located near Hazel Green during the mining boom of the late s and early s. Political Beginnings Lucius Lyons began the land survey of the state Wisconsin near here in Historic Downtown Hazel Green Highway For more Hazel Green information, call or see the Hazel Green website.
Undeveloped recreation area, the Fenley State Recreation Area is open year round from sunrise to sunset. Hiking trails, bird watching, and scenic overlook of the Mississippi River. Located in close proximity to the ghost town of Sinnippi. For more Kieler information, call Grant County Tourism office at One of the earliest settlements in the state, lead prospectors came to Lancaster in But the real prize would be found later in the cultivating of the fertile prairie soil.
Major G. Price, a land speculator, platted the town in He was persuaded to name it Lancaster by a homesick relative who emigrated from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster is the county seat of Grant County. Political Beginnings, National Register of Historic Places The octagonal copper and glass dome on the county courthouse sparkles over downtown Lancaster.
Open during business hours, self-guided tour information is available. The first Civil War monument ever erected in Wisconsin stands on the northeast corner of the square.
Political Beginnings Learn about the tragic life of Wisconsin's first governor from the marker at his modest grave site. Museums and Recreation African-American historic exhibits and a remnant of the original oak survey marker from the Point of Beginning. Open Monday-Saturday afternoons or by appointment. Religious Beginnings See the tombstones of the Shepard and Green families in this scenic ridge top cemetery located near their former farmland.
Historical marker. Also see display at Grant County History Museum. This area was one of the first African-American settlements in Wisconsin. Agricultural Beginnings Tours are available. For more Lancaster information, call or see the Lancaster website. Popcorn is grown and packaged at rural Livingston with the good earth all around. Visitors can buy popcorn in 2 bags or 25 bags, as well as microwave, and be delighted with caramel corn or white chocolate popcorn with almonds.
Group tours by appointment. For more Livingston information, call or see the Livingston website. The community of Montfort is well-known for popcorn, wind turbines and delicious ice cream. The agricultural community is located on Highway 18 at the Grant - Iowa county line.
Visitors can buy a wide variety of popcorn flavors. For more Montfort information, call InWilliam S. Hamilton, founder of Wiota and Hamilton's diggings, built a lead smelter along the Wisconsin River near present day Victora Park. Although Hamilton was active in securing Wisconsin's territorial status, he eventually left to pursue California gold in Muscoda's business district moved from the river to its present location after the arrival of the railroad in Most of downtown Muscoda's buildings date to this post-railroad economic boom period.
This old-fashioned working drug store has its original oak and white pine counters, and drawers full of herbs and other old-time remedies. Ellis and Tom Nelson Sculptures Muscoda, See scraps of iron and pieces of steel come to life in the form of animals, prehistoric dinosaurs and moving contraptions. Local welder Ellis Nelson and, upon his death, his son Tom, have earned a reputation as creative welders and artists. For one-of-a-kind creations, visit Dark Metal Artworks website. For more Muscoda information, call or see the Muscoda website. The Old Military Road was built in and connects Ft.
Crawford at Prairie du Chien with Ft. Howard at Green Bay. View the beautiful scenery. Platteville began as Platte River Diggings in It is said that the Native Americans smelted lead and put it into "platts" or bowl-shaped masses which usually weighed about 70 pounds.
Look for the world's largest "M" located east of town, at the top of the Platteville Mound. Constructed of limestone and measuring feet by feet, the letter represents the first Mining School in the United States. Platteville's newly renovated Main Street business district provides visitors easy access while maintaining the same picturesque, historic downtown feel. Geological Beginnings, Museums and Recreation, Political Beginnings A standout in the lead region, this limestone building is patterned after a distinctive Tidewater Virginia style.
Built in by Revolutionary War veteran, Rev. Samuel Mitchell and his son-in-law, John Rountree, one of the founders of Platteville. It contains original furnishings. Tours offered Memorial Day - Labor Day or by appointment. Shop for rock and mineral specimens and gifts related to regional history in our museum store.
Enjoy the outdoor greenspace, pollinator garden, and picnic grounds. Explore our exhibits on the nature, culture, and history of the region. Open Tuesday — Saturday, 10 a. Book a tour or learn more at our website: www.Dating links in Boscobel Wisconsin
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