Bird’s eye view of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, 1872.
This week we’re starting another series—taking a closer look at specific Wisconsin communities. We’ll start with Mineral Point, one of the state’s oldest cities. Mineral Point was formally established in 1827, named for the rich lead deposits—“mineral”—that attracted miners and speculators from far and wide. By 1872, as pictured here, Mineral Point was a thriving commercial center.
via: Historical Maps Collection, Wisconsin Historical Society