Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Dodge County History

Iron Ridge Mines

The History of the Neda Mine Hibernaculum, Neda, Wisconsin


Read More About It

"When Iron was King in Dodge County, Wis." by George Frederick

"The History of Wisconsin, The Civil War Era, 1848-1873" by Richard N. Current


Vocabulary:

iron
smelter


Interesting Fact:

By 1860, Milwaukee accounted for more than half of Wisconsin's ironwork.


Study Questions:

  • What is the purpose of a smelter in iron mining?
  • Once iron was mined, what did the ironwork shops in Wisconsin make with the material?
  • Besides Dodge County, in what other areas of Wisconsin was iron mined?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about iron mining:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 9:

    1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau is established.
    1964: The Beattles appear on live American television for the first time, performing on the Ed Sullivan Show.



  • February 9

    February 9, 1854: The Northwestern Iron Co. was established to operate a smelter in Dodge County. This marked the beginning of significant iron mining in Wisconsin.


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