Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage

© Photographed May 14, 2017
Erected 2008 by Dane County Historical Society
Monona, Dane County, Wisconsin

The Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage became Wisconsin's largest independent family-owned cooperage, manufacturing quarter-sawn white oak beer, wine, and whiskey barrels. The two factory buildings located near the railroad tracks were behind the family home, which stood at 1952 Atwood Avenue. At its peak, the Hess Cooperage could manufacture 40 barrels a day. When it closed in 1966, it was the last factory in America that manufactured white oak beer kegs.
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker: see also, Frank J. Hess, Cooper.

The marker is located at a strange intersection where Atwood Avenue changes direction and stays Atwood Avenue, at or near 1962 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53714.

By John Warnik and Gary Hess

The marker is No. 43 in the Dane County Historical Society Markers Series.

 Fancy manhole cover near marker location.

Cool nearby outdoor mural . . .

See also, Frank J. Hess, Cooper, also at this location.

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