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Wisconsin's first Capitol stood on the deep prairie soils of southwestern Wisconsin along one of the many important early roads that criss-crossed the lead mining region. It was conceived and born in controversy. It faded quickly from the public's perception as the Territorial Capitol was moved to Burlington (Iowa) and the State's Capitol was established at Madison. The decisions that were made at Belmont over days in 1836 continue to influence our lives and shape the institutions we encounter and the government we create. Recent archaeological work is shedding new light on Old Belmont and the lives of the people who lived in Wisconsin's first Capitol.




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