Mineral Point

Approximately 15 minutes south of the Iowa County seat, Dodgeville, you’ll find the city “where Wisconsin began.”  Welcome to one of the state’s oldest communities: welcome to Mineral Point.

Founded in 1857, Mineral Point is one of Wisconsin’s most historic communities.  It was the capital of Wisconsin Territory before that honor fell to Madison and it is the first city in the state to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  When you walk the streets of this charming Southwest Wisconsin town, you’ll feel as though you were stepping back in time.

The miners’ original log cabins are still here, as is an eclectic collection of Cornish limestone and sandstone houses, Craftsman-style bungalows and ornate Victorian mansions.  Mineral Point is a history buff’s dream come true.
The city is also known for being a haven for artists and art lovers.  Mineral Point is home to a community of artists, almost half a dozen of whom maintain studios in the downtown district.  Every fall, folks get the chance to see the artists at work during the Fall Art Tour, a nationally-recognized three-day tour that encompasses not just Mineral Point, but also Baraboo, Spring Green and Dodgeville.

Apart from its art and architecture, one of Mineral Point’s biggest draws is its surrounding scenery. It has been awarded one of America’s dozen distinctive destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®. Its views of a forested, rolling landscape characterized by sparkling streams, fertile farmlands and rocky outcroppings are priceless.  That outdoor recreation is a favorite pastime here is not surprising.