Paoli (HM14H9)

Location: Belleville, WI 53508 Dane County
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N 42° 55.749', W 89° 31.626'

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A meander of the Sugar River, providing an excellent waterpower opportunity, prompted Peter W. Matts to acquire acreage in Montrose Township in 1846. He erected a sawmill in 1847, soon followed by his home, a tavern and a general store. Matts platted Paoli in 1856, and named it for a town near his Pennsylvania birthplace.

In 1864, Francis and Bernard Minch purchased the sawmill and built a stone grist mill. By the mid 1870s, the community boasted a school, post office, two churches, a cheese factory, two hotels, a doctor and several tradesmen.

The Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad bypassed Paoli in 1888, but the settlement prospered past the turn of the century; the proud possessor of a local band, an acclaimed baseball team and theatre group. The public ground and Fischer Hall were often used for holiday, social and political events.

As the mill era passed, the population declined. Recently, the community has shown new vitality; buildings have been restored, a new town hall acquired, and new businesses opened.
HM NumberHM14H9
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number27
Year Placed1990
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 293778 N 4756045
Decimal Degrees42.92915000, -89.52710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 55.749', W 89° 31.626'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 55' 44.94" N, 89° 31' 37.56" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1360-1398 County Highway Pb, Belleville WI 53508, US
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