Mineral Point: A History

By George Fiedler

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ISBN: 978-0-87020-690-0

236 pages, 10 b&w photos, 1 map, 5.5 x 8.5


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In 1827, almost overnight, the lead-bearing region of southwestern Wisconsin was flooded by English-speaking miners and settlers who founded the settlement of Mineral Point. Originally known as Shake Rag Under the Hill, it quickly became the booming capital of theĀ surroundingĀ mining area. In a few years' time the outpost's fame had spread throughout the upper Mississippi Valley, bringing English miners emigrating from Cornwall to set their stamp forever on the architecture and the social life of Mineral Point. Eventually lead mining gave way to zinc, and Mineral Point was surpassed in size and importance by other Wisconsin towns; but the charm of its hills and the grace of its houses remained, a historical legacy from the settlers of territorial Wisconsin. This is the story of Mineral Point from its origins to the mid-twentieth century, when a rekindled interest in the area's storied past began with the restoration of Pendarvis House.

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George Fiedler, a native of Mineral Point, received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1926. He practiced law in Chicago until 1962, when he was elected judge of the Superior Court of Cook County. He lived in Winnetka, Illinois, until his death in 1981, and long maintained a summer home in Mineral Point that dated from 1853.