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Pendarvis, Mineral Point

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3.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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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  • This site is awesome, but I did not enjoy the self-guided part of it. They gave me a booklet to read, but the articles were so long I didn't feel like taking the time to read it. The buildings were we...  read more »
  • My wife and I visited Pendarvis after a morning visit to the First State Capital. Since we are History Society Members, we got in for free and enjoyed a self guided tour of the property. I learned a b...  read more »
  • Guided tour of the Miners homes of mineral point cost of the tour was $10.00 per person the tour was about an hour fifteen minutes long not a good tour for the handicapped lots of stairs flagstone wal...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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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