The Wisconsin Granger Movement

The Wisconsin Granger Movement (HMOXH)

Location: Cottage Grove, WI 53527 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 5.202', W 89° 12.626'

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The Cottage Grove Grange, which became a leader in the state and national Grange movement, had its meeting hall near this site shortly after the Civil War. As a community center it became a significant cultural and social influence for pioneer farm families. The spirited discussions held here focused attention on the expanding importance of agriculture, the rampant malpractices of railroad companies, and the growing national farmers' movement.

William R. Taylor, local farm leader and Master of this Grange, was elected the Granger Governor of Wisconsin in 1874. He became a contributing force in the efforts to regulate railroads in the state. Ultimately, from these efforts and with the support of the Granges throughout the state, the Railroad Commission was established, later to become the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

These achievements boosted Wisconsin to a preeminent position as a national leader in public utility regulation.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number17
Year Placed1978
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 3:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 320081 N 4772814
Decimal Degrees43.08670000, -89.21043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 5.202', W 89° 12.626'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 5' 12.12" N, 89° 12' 37.56" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1916-1920 W Cottage Grove Rd, Cottage Grove WI 53527, US
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