Wisconsin Lead Region

Wisconsin Lead Region (HM118L)

Location: Shullsburg, WI 53586 Lafayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 34.229', W 90° 15.772'

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Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties were once the center of a lead-mining boom. Indians had sold lead to early traders, but there were few white miners here in 1820. Mining brought in a large part of the 37,000 population credited to the three counties in 1850. Prospecting was done by practical men with little aid from mineralogical experts. Their tools were the shovel, pick, gad or crowbar, hand-drill and blasting powder. Mines were lighted by candles set in gobs of fire-clay which would stick to any part of the rock wall. Some of the miners spent the winters in caves or hurriedly prepared dug-outs and were nicknamed "Badgers." Many of the once thriving mining centers are now ghost towns, only their refuse dumps and pock-marked land bearing the evidence of the old mining days.
HM NumberHM118L
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number24
Year Placed1955
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 724654 N 4716751
Decimal Degrees42.57048333, -90.26286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 34.229', W 90° 15.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 34' 13.74" N, 90° 15' 46.32" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 694-698 Big Cut Rd, Shullsburg WI 53586, US
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