Lead Miners

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Wyalusing State Park
Bagley, Grant County, Wisconsin
42.991818,-91.124511 (approximate location)
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Lead Miners
Lead fever fueled a mad rush for wealth in southwestern Wisconsin during the 1820s and 30s. Miners even sank shallow shafts in Wyalusing State Park, but to no avail. In 1848, gold fever replaced lead fever and many miners left to pursue new dreams of wealth in  California. Despite this downturn, lead mining would continue in southwestern Wisconsin until the early 1970s.

If lead had been struck in Wyalusing State Park, lead shafts like this would have dotted the landscape. Instead, the miners moved on, leaving their shallow, exploratory shafts to fill in over time.
The marker is located deep inside Wyalusing State Park, along the Sentinel Ridge Trail, and is accessible from the Green Cloud Picnic Area parking lot, accessible from Long Valley Road, .5 miles west of its intersection with State Park Lane. The park entrance is located at 13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, Wisconsin 53801.

NOTE: The marker is located inside a Wisconsin State Park; an annual sticker or daily-use fee to enter.

Wisconsin State Park System: Wyalusing State Park

Map of Wyalusing State Park
(See below for map details of marker location.)

"Dwelling place of the old holy man"

The marker is one of a series of markers placed along the Sentinel Ridge Trail.

Looking north at the start of the interpretative trail;
the adjacent parking lot (not visible in this photo) is to the left.

 Red arrow -- Green Cloud Picnic Area (park here)
Blue arrow -- Sentinel Ridge Trail and Indian Mounds

 The marker is located at Wyalusing State Park.

Wyalusing State Park is located in Bagley, Wisconsin.

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