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Pendarvis, Mineral Point
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Pendarvis is a historic site located in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States. The site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made up of several 19th century cabins built by Cornish immigrants who came to Mineral Point to mine lead. Today the site is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society and serves as a museum of Wisconsin's early lead mining history.HistoryDuring the 1830s and 1840s, the area that today comprises southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois was rapidly populated as miners came from across the United States and Europe to work the region's abundant lead deposits. Several mining boomtowns sprang up in the region, including Galena, Illinois; Platteville, Wisconsin; and Mineral Point, the location of Pendarvis. During the height of the mining era, the population of Mineral Point rose to over 4,000 as people migrated to the city to work in the lead mines. Many of the immigrants who came to Mineral Point were tin miners from Cornwall, at the southwestern tip of Great Britain. Many of the Cornish immigrants built simple houses in the town using wood or limestone taken from the local landscape. As time went on, however, the lead mines were exhausted and many of the miners moved on to other mining sites, especially California following the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Other miners stayed in the area to mine zinc, which was also abundant, but by the early 20th century the zinc mines were also being abandoned.
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  • My sisters and I stopped at Pendarvis on a historical tour we were doing. We missed the guided tour, but took their booklet and did a self-guided tour. I think you probably would get more out of Penda...  more »
  • I went there with my friend. She had never been there before, I had. It is not a large site, quite small actually. But it has many steps, and uneven stone walk ways. I require a walker for any distanc...  more »
  • Pendarvis is a tour through several buildings from the lead mining era that gave Mineral Point its name. The docents are thoughtful and well informed and the buildings well-maintained and authentic. I...  more »
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  • Spur of the moment stop. If you need to strech your legs and have 20 dollars burning a hole in your pocket, stop in. Not handicap friendly. Do some resreach first.
  • Interesting history and friendly staff.
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  • Always a good time learning about the history of Wisconsin. The information center was very friendly, allowing us to self-guide through all the different buildings, and making sure they answered any questions we had. Well done.