Dodgeville

The seat of Iowa County, Dodgeville typifies the best of Southwest Wisconsin.  Picturesque, historic and welcoming, this city of less than 5,000 people has charm to spare and a spectacularly beautiful natural setting that never fails to enchant residents and visitors alike.
An hour or less west of the state capital Madison, Dodgeville lies in an area referred to as the Uplands of Southwest Wisconsin, also called the Driftless Area.  One of the state’s most scenic regions, this is a place that was untouched by glaciers and is thus endowed with a rolling terrain defined by wooded hills, valleys and rock outcroppings.  Dodgeville is only 15 minutes south of the lushly beautiful Governor Dodge State Park.

Settled by Wisconsin’s first territorial governor, Henry Dodge, in 1827, Dodgeville was incorporated as a village in 1858 and as a city in 1889.  It started out as a mining town, but through the years evolved into the agricultural and commercial hub that we know today.
These days, Dodgeville’s past is still very much alive, especially in its historic downtown district where well-preserved 19th century buildings still stand.  The entire downtown area is, in fact, a National Historic District and Dodgeville is also proud to be the home of the state’s oldest active courthouse.
Though Dodgeville may look postcard-perfect, this is a real working town.  The community is home to the corporate headquarters of Land’s End, the well-known clothing retailer that recently became a subsidiary of Sears.  Other significant employers here are Upland Hills Health, internationally renowned woodcraft makers Walnut Hollow, Quality Liquid Feeds and Thuli Tables.