The Iowa County Historical Society incorporated in 1976 to discover and preserve the history of the people of Iowa County, Wisconsin and maintains many historical archives at the Iowa County Historical Society Museum.

Our hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1pm to 4pm or by appointment.
Call (608) 935-7694 or to make an appointment.

  • The Museum is located at 1301 N Bequette St., Dodgeville, WI (across the street from Hardee’s)
  • Our Mailing address is P.O. Box 44, Dodgeville, WI 53533

Iowa County Historical Society Museum

Photo by Neil Giffey

Iowa County Historical Society Services

Retired Cowboy

Can You Identify This photo?
The back of the picture has “This man actually went through the Cuba campaign with Teddy Roosevelt. Went up San Juan Hill. Enlisted in Arizona in the first company. Now lives in Dodgeville, Wis.”
Click to view other photos we need help identifying.

We Want You!

Dodgeville High School Wants You!

Dodgeville High School is looking for the names of all graduates who have or still serving in the Armed Forces including the National Guard. They are planning a display on a wall in the new portion of the school with the names, the branch of service, and year of graduation.
or call Bill Wasley at (608) 935-3307 ext. 4014.


Iowa County Historical Society
Iowa County History Facts
  The first white residents were Americans of English, Irish, Scots and French descent generally hailing from Kentucky, Missouri or adjacent states. The Panic of 1819 started miners moving up the Mississippi River and the end of the Winnebago war in 1827 was seen as an opportunity for miners to spread into Iowa County. Word spread that lead deposits so abundant in this area that ore actually lay on top of the ground!
  In 1827, Henry Dodge, his family and about 40 miners set up camp in the vicinity. Within a short time, about 100 miners were working claims on the ridges of Dodgeville. By 1829, more than 4,000 miners worked in southwestern Wisconsin, producing 13 million pounds of lead a year. By the mid-1830s, news of the “lead rush” in the Upper Mississippi Valley had reached England and a steady stream of skilled, hard-rock miners from Cornwall and Wales had began.
  Lead mining in the area went into decline during the 1850s, and many of the Cornish moved on to the copper mines of Upper Michigan and the gold mines of California. After the Blackhawk Indian War and the Civil War, mining subsided and was replaced by farming and mercantilism.