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A History of Iowa County
Iowa County was part of the Michigan Territory in the 1830's. In 1836 the Wisconsin Territory was created from the Michigan Territory, and in 1848 the State of Wisconsin was created from the Wisconsin Territory. Dodgeville became the county seat in 1861, and is the site of Wisconsin's oldest operating Courthouse.

Early settlers came to Iowa County to mine lead, and several mines were operating around Dodgeville, Mineral Point, and Barneveld. In the late 1820's this area furnished 75 per cent of the U.S. needs for lead.

Recreation Resources
In the last several years, tourism has had a considerable impact on Iowa County. Three state parks are located in Iowa County: Governor Dodge Park at Dodgeville, Blue Mounds State Park at Blue Mounds, and Tower Hill Park at Spring Green. In addition, the Cobb/Highland Commission oversees Blackhawk Lake between Cobb and Highland.

In addition, there are many private attractions in this area, the largest being House on the Rock near Spring Green. Mineral Point with its steep hills and narrow streets has become famous for the artists and craftspeople who have settled there and is the home of Pendarvis Historical Site. Folklore Village east of Dodgeville hosts ethnic and cultural activities year around.

   

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