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Folkedahl, Beulah "Forgotten villages: Helena"


Forgotten Villages: Helena: This short piece reviews the Iowa County locations that have been called Helena. From 1828 to 1832, the first buildings were erected on the Wisconsin River about four miles southeast of the current village, but they were destroyed during the Black Hawk War. In 1837 the village commenced again two miles northeast of its original site, and the article describes construction of its shot tower, the ferry operated by Alvah Cutler, and its economic growth in the decades leading up to the Civil War. In 1864, the village moved again, following the railroad to its modern location about four miles northeast of the shot tower. The essay concludes by discussing the use of the shot tower property between 1889 and 1922 as a cultural resort run by Jenkin Lloyd Jones (1843-1918), whose widow presented it to the state; it is today Tower Hill State Park. (5 pages)

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Citation: Folkedahl, Beulah "Forgotten villages: Helena" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 42 /Issue: 4 (1958-1959)

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