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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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  • October 2, 2017
    For $5, there's no reason why you shouldn't spend an hour or so at Pendarvis. Very interesting and informative tour, highlighting the history of Mineral Point and how Pendarvis is keeping it alive.  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    We visited the site while we were on vacation in late August, 2017. As members of the Wisconsin Historical Society, we like to go to sites run by the organization. I believe this site could be a gem o...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    We have been to Mineral Point several times, but never made it to Pendarvis. This time we made it a priority. We found out when we got there that This summer they had a reduced entrance fee of $5 beca...  more »
  • April 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Quite place, lots to explore, but you really have to go out and find it. Not a lot of good resources available.
  • August 20, 2016
    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.
  • July 22, 2016
    Interesting history and friendly staff.
  • September 19, 2012
    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.

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