Old Town

Old Town (HMMMK)

Location: Mt Horeb, WI 53572 Dane County
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N 43° 0.68', W 89° 43.802'

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Pioneer Mt. Horeb, complete with houses, churches, stores, harness shop, undertaker, hotel, and tavern stood on this spot. Known as "The Corners" by early settlers, it was the intersection of the Old Military Road with a major wagon trail from the east.

Scotch Presbyterians erected the first church here in 1848.

The area became known as Horeb's Corners, when in 1867 a post office named Mt. Horeb (after the biblical landmark) was moved to the community from the farmhome of Geo. Wright a mile north.

Norwegians, three-fourths of the population by 1875, called the settlement STANGJII (Liberty Pole) for the flag pole erected here in Civil War years.

Railroad engineers, unable to find a suitable site in the pioneer village, built a depot a mile to the west, in the heart of present day Mt. Horeb. In 1881 the "Cannon Ball" chugged in. A dozen or more new businesses sprang up around the new station before merchants from the crossroads, by then called "Old Town," began to move to the new site.

Today only one house remains of the original settlement.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number18
Year Placed1980
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 4:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 277514 N 4765690
Decimal Degrees43.01133333, -89.73003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 0.68', W 89° 43.802'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 0' 40.80" N, 89° 43' 48.12" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 327 N 8th St, Mt Horeb WI 53572, US
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