Ontario Welcome Center History Walk: How Now Brown Cow?

© Photographed April 8, 2017
Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43.722751, -90.590023
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How Now Brown Cow?
Or black and white cow or the many other colors you may see in this area. More than half of the land in the Kickapoo Valley is devoted to farming, with an emphasis on dairy. But it wasn't always that way. The logging era, which reached its peak in the 1880s, was followed by that of the immigrant farmers, who mostly were from Norway, Germany and Ireland. Farming in the mid-19th century centered on wheat, corn, oats and potatoes. With the advent of the steamboat and then the railroad, farms could export wheat on the Mississippi and by rail to Eastern urban areas.
     By 1910, dairying had become the primary type of agriculture. Tobacco also became an important crop and produced 15 percent of the country's total farm income in the 1950s. Most recently, small farms have found opportunities in producing milk, eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables for the organic market. Stop at one of the many farmers markets or roadside stands for fresh, locally grown produce.
The marker is located along the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk at Palen Memorial Park and is accessible on the northeast corner of the intersection of State Street and Pleasant Street, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651.

Vernon Broadcaster (June 3, 2015): Ontario to celebrate opening of Palen Park on June 13

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The marker is located at the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk.

Looking west into town . . .

View coming into town from eastbound Wisconsin Highway 33.

The marker is located in Ontario, Wisconsin.

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