History & Highlights


Historical Highlights

Mineral Point was the first City in Wisconsin to be named to The National Registry of Historic Places. From its founding days as a mining hub, through its days as the center of early Wisconsin government, Mineral Point has played an important role in the history of our state. This is “where Wisconsin began” with the inauguration of Henry Dodge as the first Territorial governor. 1935 marked the beginning of a preservation movement when Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum began restoring stone houses. Preservation developed on a larger scale in the 1960s and 70s when artists, craftspeople and preservationists began restoring more and more historic buildings. Restoration continues today – Mineral Point is a community where old becomes new again.

The Mineral Point Historical Society is a great place to start your research into Mineral Point History. The Archives at the Public Library holds an extensive collection of documents, photos and newspapers that will provide you with a richness of resources of Mineral Point History.