The Lead Region A History Lesson - Stumbling Toward Statehood

Platteville, Wisconsin

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This drive loops through the southwest corner of the state, touring the first area of Wisconsin to be heavily settled by Europeans. Brought by the discovery of lead in 1827, miners, land speculators, and merchants flooded into the lead-rich area around Mineral Point. The drive passes a plethora of mines, as well as the site of Wisconsin’s first capitol and the Swiss settlement in New Glarus. Today, dairy cows dot the steep hills around New Glarus and Yellowstone Lake State Park, and from Platteville to Monroe immense fields of corn stand on the rolling prairie. Special attractions: Swiss Village Museum, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Pendarvis State Historical Site, First Capitol State Park, the Bevans Mine, the Badger Mine, Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreational Area, New Glarus Woods State Park, history, camping, hiking, biking, camping, fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Wisconsin

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Scenic Driving Wisconsin

by Aaron Cieslicki (Falcon Guides)

This drive loops through the southwest corner of the state, touring the first area of Wisconsin to be heavily settled by Europeans. Brought by the discovery of lead in 1827, miners, land speculators, and merchants flooded into the lead-rich area around Mineral Point. The drive passes a plethora of mines, as well as the site of Wisconsin’s first capitol and the Swiss settlement in New Glarus. Today, dairy cows dot the steep hills around New Glarus and Yellowstone Lake State Park, and from Platteville to Monroe immense fields of corn stand on the rolling prairie.

Special attractions: Swiss Village Museum, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Pendarvis State Historical Site, First Capitol State Park, the Bevans Mine, the Badger Mine, Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreational Area, New Glarus Woods State Park, history, camping, hiking, biking, camping, fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Aaron Cieslicki/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Platteville
Distance: 120
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: New Glarus Woods State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to The Lead Region: A History Lesson - Stumbling Toward Statehood

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Apr 2018