Token Creek

Token Creek (HMNUY)

Location: Salt Lake City, WI 84101 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 11.791', W 89° 17.628'

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Attracted by abundant water, early Indian inhabitants erected effigy mounds in the area. George Spaulding was the first white settler in 1841. The Town of Windsor's first election was held in 1847 at Charles Lawrence's Prairie House Inn. A post office was established in that year but discontinued in 1902.

The name Token was derived from Tokaunee, a minor Indian chief. Completed in 1844, the Fort Winnebago Road from Madison passed through Token Creek. Guided by the landmark Big Hill, homesteaders and lumbermen journeyed through on their way to northern pineries.

Token Creek had a school, Congregational church, two mills and an early fish hatchery. Veterans of five wars, including the Revolutionary War, rest in the cemetery.

Until destroyed by fire in 1881, the Token Creek Tavern was the area's social center. Under the glow of tallow candles, couples danced to the fiddle music of Marcus Wheeler, father of poetess Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Token Creek declined after the railroads bypassed it.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number21
Year Placed1984
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 10:39pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 313629 N 4785192
Decimal Degrees43.19651667, -89.29380000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 11.791', W 89° 17.628'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 11' 47.46" N, 89° 17' 37.68" W
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Area Code(s)801
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6448-6460 Portage Rd, Salt Lake City WI 84101, US
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