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 (next to Cenex gas station and across 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

Iowa County History Facts
From 1826 to 1830 there was a “great rush” of miners to the area. Lead mines dotted the county and furnished 75% of the U.S. needs for lead. Iowa County was formed in 1830 from Crawford county as part of Michigan Territory. In 1836 the Wisconsin Territory was created. As Wisconsin territory matured, other counties were carved out of Iowa County: namely Dane, Portage, Grant, Green, and Lafayette. In 1848 the Wisconsin became a state. Driven by the changes in county boundaries, the county seat was moved to Dodgeville in 1861, and is the site of Wisconsin’s oldest operating Courthouse. Around 1860, zinc became another mineral being mined.