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205 E FOUNTAIN ST

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205 E FOUNTAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:DODGE MINING CAMP CABIN
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Reference Number:47942
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):205 E FOUNTAIN ST
County:Iowa
City:Dodgeville
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1827
Additions:C. 1835C. 1842
Survey Date:1984
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Side Gabled
Structural System:Log
Wall Material:Clapboard
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Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Dodge Mining Camp Cabin
National Register Listing Date:9/1/2005 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:4/15/2005 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

Originally located at c. 215 E. Fountain St. but was moved to a different site on E. Fountain St. in 1998. Original location is on the city map 50/25. THIS ONE-STORY LOG RESIDENCE FEATURES AN L-SHAPED PLAN CONFIGURATION, AN ASPHALT SHINGLED EXTERIOR AND A GABLE ROOF. ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE C. 1827 BUILDING, WHICH NOW LAY IN RUINS. (SEE BIB. REF. A).

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

COLONEL HENRY DODGE (1782-1867), ONE OF THE LEADING POLITICAL FIGURES DURING WISCONSIN'S TERRITORIAL ERA, SETTLED IN DODGEVILLE IN 1827 AND, ACCORDING TO A LOCAL HISOTRIAN, CONSTRUCTED THIS SMALL LOG RESIDENCE. HIS SMELTING FURNACE, ALSO BUILT IN 1827, WAS REPORTED TO BE LOCATED JUST NORTHEAST OF THIS DWELLING, ACROSS THE RAVINE. A DESCRIPTION OF DODGE'S FIRST RESIDENCE AND FURNACE IS INCLUDED IN THE COUNTY HISTORY, THOUGH IT WAS ALSO STATED THAT NOTHING REMAINED OF THIS COMPLEX. (SEE BIB. REF. B).

AT A LATER DATE (C. 1828) DODGE MOVED SOUTH OF DODGEVILLE WHERE HE BUILT A LARGE HOME. IN 1923 ONLY RUINS REMINED OF THE SITE. (SEE BIB. REF. C). (SEE NOTABLE PERSONS SECTION AND SOCIAL AND POLITICAL MOVEMENTS THEME OF THE FINAL REPORT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DODGE).

HISTORICAL STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE:

IF MORE CONCRETE EVIDENCE REGARDING HENRY DODGE'S ASSOCIATION WITH THIS STRUCTURE IS FORTHCOMING, IT SHOULD BE EVALUATED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER LISTING AT THE STATE LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE. (SEE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ABOVE).
Bibliographic References:A. INTERVIEW WITH GERALD FIELDHOUSE, LOCAL HISTORIAN, DODGEVILLE, 14 DECEMBER 1984. B. HISTORY OF IOWA COUNTY, WISCONSIN (CHICAGO: WESTERN HISTORICAL CO., 1881), PP. 737-738. C. WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, 11 MARCH 1923. Mineral Point Democrat Tribune 3/20/1997. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 11/8/1998.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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