Stroughton

© Photographed October 16, 2015
Erected 1965 by Dane County Historical Society
Stroughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
42° 54.964′ N, 89° 13.424′ W
Google Map

STOUGHTON
Stoughton was founded by Luke Stoughton in 1847. The first settlers were Yankees from New England.

Waves of Norwegians immigrated to the community during the late 19th century to make Stoughton America's Norwegian capital, home of lutefisk and "Syttende Mai."

Stoughton's economy has leaned heavily on agriculture. Wheat farming was important in the beginning. Later Norwegian farmers made Stoughton a great tobacco growing and warehousing center. Women who sorted tobacco in the warehouses inaugurated the national coffee break custom. The manufacture of wagons was pioneered by Targe Mandt in 1865 and at the turn of the century Stoughton's wagon factories were nationally famous shipping 33 thousand vehicles per year and employing 1000 men.

The present Stoughton Historical Museum was built as the city's first church by Universalists in 1858.
The marker is located on southbound South Page Street at its intersection with West Jefferson Street, at the Stoughton Historical Museum, 324 South Page Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589.

This marker is No. 7 in the Dane County Historical Society Markers Series.

See also, Stoughton Universalist Church 1858, also at this location.




The marker is located at the Stoughton Historical Society Museum.



 The marker is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

No comments:

Post a Comment