Photographed December 28, 2014
Erected 1985 Revised 2002 by Waukesha County Historical Society
Dousman, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Shortly after the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad built its line through in 1881, the village of Dousman came into existance. The building of the early railroads meant prosperity and, as they found out across the state, skilled craftsmen and merchants soon opened business to serve the needs of the outlying communities. By the end of 1882, businesses included: a hotel, Cassidy's saloon, Thomas's store also the post office: Hardell's grain elevator and lumber yard, a Blacksmith and wagon shop.
The new village sportingly referred to by some as “Bullfrog Station” because of surrounding bogs and marshes, was characteristic of the hundreds of Wisconsin “railroad villages” that sprang up during the 19th century. It was formally named “Dousman” in honor of Talbot C. Dousman, who is considered the first settler in the Town of Ottawa - his claim dating to 1837.
Located in the midst of a dairy and farming community, Dousman prospered, as it does today. Also of importance after the turn of the century was the states first fish hatchery known as the “Trout Pond”, and the marl beds located some miles to the south of the village.
The marker is located in front of the bathrooms at Cory Municipal Park. The entrance to the park is locate don northbound South Main Street, north of its intersection with County Highway Z, near 160 South Main Street, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118.
The Village of Dousman, Wisconsin
Dousman Area Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Dousman Area Historical [sic] Site
From the website home page:
The purpose of this website is to preserve the history of the Dousman, Wi [sic] area. If anyone is interested in starting a Dousman area [sic] Historical Society in order to preserve and present the history of this area, please see the About Us page.
This marker is No. 06-01 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.
The entrances to the bathrooms are behind this sign.
The marker is at the end of the parking lot (to the right).
One of the Dousman frogs . . .
Welcome sign on westbound U.S. Highway 18.
The marker is located at Cory Park.