Nestled in the corner of Southwest Wisconsin is the city of Shullsburg, the state's third oldest city after Green Bay and Prairie du Chien. Founded in 1827 by a fur trader by the name of Jesse Shull who came to find mining more lucrative than buying furs, the town came to life once he married and established his first home, creating a destination for migrating minors in search of a good living mining the precious lead and zinc ore the area hid beneath its ground.
Commercial buildings were soon built during the 1840s and 1850s and the town prospered and grew, nurturing 150 years of mining operations and a healthy population of almost 11,000 people during its peak.
Interesting enough too, is that the first miners were called “Badgers” because many lived in the holes they dug in the ground. As a result, Wisconsin is known as “The Badger State,” with the state naming the Badger as their official state animal in 1957. A fitting tribute to the state’s contribution to the mining industry it was built on.
Today, Shullsburg is still unique; boasting many well restored and gainfully occupied buildings, reflecting the town's pride in its rich history that still lies deep in their soil. Forty-four buildings in Shullsburg are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It’s little wonder that when you walk the streets of downtown Shullsburg you may very well feel like you stepped back into futures long past.
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