Term: Jefferson, Jefferson Co.
A community in Jefferson Co. at latitude 430020N and longitude 0884826W; county seat of Jefferson Co.
Description from John W. Hunt's 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer: "JEFFERSON, P. V. and C. H., in town and county of same name, on sect. 11, is located at the junction of Crawfish and Rock rivers, near the centre of the county, and 32 miles east from Madison, on the line of R. R. V. U. R. R. This place is between the timber and openings, and has not been properly developed on account of the poor roads from the east; they, however, have recently been much improved. The surrounding country is thickly settled, having a family upon nearly every 40 acre tract of land. These farms are just beginning to pay well, and this vicinity is destined to be one of the best farming districts of the West. There is a good water power on Rock river, and another on the Crawfish. It has 950 inhabitants, 150 dwellings, 10 stores, 2 hotels, 4 mills, 1 chair factory, 3 shoe shops, 2 churches, a courthouse and jail."
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