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Pendarvis, Mineral Point

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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  • Besides the miners' history, there is the restoration history and restaurant history (that funded the restoration) to explore. When we arrived we were told we could wander at will for free using a gui...  more »
  • The Pendarvis buildings were awesome shop....was first class with many historical resources and a pertinent gift selection as well. The staff were very friendly and our tour guide was very kn...  more »
  • We have thoroughly enjoyed the entire ShakeRag site in this area! We have attended art classes and stayed overnight as well. It is a short walk from the east end of historical downtown and very intere...  more »
  • Wonderful place to view a little of Wisconsin's history.
  • My family came to see one of the earliest settlements in Wisconsin. We spent 3/4 of our time hearing about "Bob and Edgar" in the 20th century. What a waste.
  • New tour has history of miners and other interesting facts.
  • Scenic town great restaurant the red rooster amazing figgie hobbin desert.will be back again for the Pasty and figgie Hobbin . Beautiful old town brewery lots to see and do.
  • Quite place, lots to explore, but you really have to go out and find it. Not a lot of good resources available.

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