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Dodgeville is located in Wisconsin
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°57′48″N 90°7′52″W / 42.96333°N 90.13111°W / 42.96333; -90.13111Coordinates: 42°57′48″N 90°7′52″W / 42.96333°N 90.13111°W / 42.96333; -90.13111
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Iowa
 - Total 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 - Land 3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,220
 Density 1,175.2/sq mi (453.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID
Looking south at the intersection of US 18 with WIS 23 in Dodgeville
View of Iowa street downtown Dodgeville

Dodgeville is the most populous city and county seat of Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 4,220 at the 2000 census. In 2008 the population was estimated to be 4,975. The city is currently estimated to be over 5,000 people. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is twinned with Oakham, Rutland, located in Great Britain.



Dodgeville is located at 42°57′48″N 90°7′52″W / 42.96333°N 90.13111°W / 42.96333; -90.13111 (42.963373, -90.131161)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km²) and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,220 people, 1,751 households, and 1,131 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,178.5 people per square mile (455.1/km²). There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 511.3/sq mi (197.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.06% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,751 households of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34, and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males

The median income for a household in the city was $41,615, and the median income for a family was $50,755. Males had a median income of $32,738 versus $24,047 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,962. About 2.7% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.


In 1827, Henry Dodge, his family, and about 40 miners began what would become the city of Dodgeville.[3] Dodge made a pact with the local Winnebago Indian leaders so he could build a cabin and smelter. The original community was made up of two separate settlements: "Dodgeville" and "Hollow Minersville".[3]

Dodgeville, which was named after Henry Dodge, grew slowly during its early years. It became a village in the 1840s. Later a small "war" was fought with Mineral Point over which community would become the county seat of Iowa County. At the time, Mineral Point was the seat, but Dodgeville residents felt they should have it. Rumor has it that a few people from Mineral Point actually fired a cannon towards Dodgeville over the issue of the county seat. Dodgeville eventually won the "war" and currently hosts the Iowa County seat in what is Wisconsin's oldest courthouse.[3]

Several factors led to the decline in importance of mining, including the Black Hawk War, the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Civil War, and the emergence of farming, leading to Dodgeville's development as a business and agricultural center.[3]


Historical sites

Dodge Mining Camp Cabin

This mining cabin was originally built circa 1828 and is representative of the housing constructed by lead diggers at "Dodge's Camp" - the original lead mining claim of Colonel Henry Dodge and family. The Iowa County Historical Society restored the cabin and moved it to its present location on Fountain Street. It is one of Wisconsin's oldest structures and may be the last extant mining camp cabin from the days of the "Lead Rush" of 1827-1830.[citation needed]

Spang's Opera House

The Opera House was built in the early stages of Dodgeville's development. It was demolished during the 1990s in favor of a convenience store.


The foundations for the Iowa County Courthouse were laid in 1859, making it the state's oldest continuously active courthouse.[3]

The mayor of Dodgeville is Jim McCaulley.


Dodgeville was designated a "National Mainstreet Program" in 1991.

As the seat of an agricultural county, the city's economy relies on vital services for farmers. Dodgeville Agri-Service, Hennessey Implement, and Farmers' Saving Bank are several of the more important businesses in the city.

Dodgeville is home to the corporate headquarters of Lands' End, a global catalog and internet merchant of apparel and home products. In 2002, Lands' End was the world's fourth largest catalog merchant and the largest online seller of apparel. Lands' End was bought by Sears in 2002; Sears merged with K-mart in 2004.

Dodgeville's original Wal-Mart was shuttered in favor of a Super-Center on January 19, 2007. The occasion was celebrated by town and Wal-Mart officials. A small section of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band appeared on opening day to provide entertainment, and former Green Bay Packer player Santana Dotson made an appearance to sign autographs.


The Dodgeville School District serves students from Dodgeville and Ridgeway and comprises four schools - two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. One elementary school is located in Dodgeville, with the other in the village of Ridgeway. The Dodgeville school covers pre-K through 4th grade, while the Ridgeway school also has a 5th grade. The middle school serves grades 6 through 8, and the high school 9 through 12.

The Dodgeville school district sports teams are known by the name of Dodgeville Dodgers, with the letter D used as the team symbol.

St. Joseph's Catholic school serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Located downtown in the metropolitan building there are swatc adult education classes offered.


The mostly widely read daily newspaper in Dodgeville is the Wisconsin State Journal, published in Madison, and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Chicago Tribune are also available in the city.

Dodgeville's weekly newspaper is the Dodgeville Chronicle, published every Wednesday. With a circulation of about 2,000, the newspaper serves Dodgeville and surrounding communities such as Highland, Linden, and Mineral Point. A regular feature of the Chronicle is the "Chronicle Spotlight," a special section focusing on one local resident with a story of interest.


Military Ridge Trail

Military Ridge State Trail is a 40-mile (64 km) trail that runs from Dodgeville to Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The trail is used for hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. It follows the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad paths (MRT). A daily or seasonal pass must be purchased by users.

Governor Dodge State Park

One of the largest state parks in Wisconsin, Governor Dodge State Park is located on Highway 23, about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Dodgeville. The park was named after Henry Dodge, the first governor of the Territory of Wisconsin. The Military Ridge Trail leads directly into Governor Dodge Park. Set deep in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, the park offers many scenic bluffs, steep hills, and wildlife. When it was donated to the state in 1948, the park contained only 160 acres (0.65 km2). It quickly grew to 5270 acres. Two lakes with beach and camping areas are located in Governor Dodge Park: Twin Valley Lake and Cox Hollow.


Every summer Dodgeville holds a "Farmer Appreciation Day" featuring a parade down Dodgeville's Iowa Street and a festival in Harris Park. The event takes place the second weekend of July and serves as a way for the people of Dodgeville to show appreciation for the farmers who are the backbone of the economy. The parade features farming implements, fire trucks and ambulances from local departments, and floats constructed by area churches and businesses. The festival features BBQ sandwiches, music, tractor pulls, and fireworks.

The town also hosts an annual Blues Fest every July, in which local and national blues acts entertain.

Every August, Lands' End hosts a four-day clearance sale in the Harris Park pavilion, drawing visitors from far and wide in search of bargains on Lands' End products.

The Dodgeville kangaroo incident

In the winter of 2005, a kangaroo mysteriously appeared hopping around in the snow on farmland just west of Dodgeville. The story was carried in news outlets throughout the country, including the Chicago Tribune and MSNBC. No one knew where the kangaroo had come from. A few days after the kangaroo first appeared, it was captured in a barn west of town and taken to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. Attempts to find the owner of the kangaroo were unsuccessful, and to this day no one has any idea who owned the kangaroo and how it turned up in the snows of southwestern Wisconsin. The kangaroo still resides at the Henry Vilas Zoo.


Located at the very south of the city of Dodgeville is Upland Hills Health Center. It contains a large hospital, clinic, rehab center, and nursing home. Before the center existed there were two main hospitals in the city. St. Josephs hospital, and Dodgeville General Hospital. In the year 1974 the two hospitals merged together forming memorial hospital, located where upland hills is currently. In 2001 Memorial Hospital changed its name to Upland Hills. As Upland Hills Health was established the hospital was added on to and eventually demolished to build a much larger health center. It is the largest hospital in southwest Wisconsin. It serves all of Iowa county.

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