DescriptionEdward Brodhead, chief engineer of the Milwaukee and Minnesota Railroad, is credited with having brought the railroad into the treeless sand prairie where the town began in 1856. Ancient trails already crossed the area, known to Native Americans as the halfway point between the Mississippi and Lake Michigan. Both Native Americans and European settlers once collected sap from the hard maples lining the Sugar River to make maple syrup and sugar.
The First Brigade Band, organized in 1857, achieved considerable popularity. Enlisted in the Civil War, the six-horse bandwagon followed Union general William T. Sherman on his Atlanta campaign and marched in the grand review in Washington, D.C., at the war's end.
The 24-mile Sugar River State Trail, built on an abandoned railroad bed, follows the meandering river from Brodhead to New Glarus; phone (608) 527-2334, May-Sept. or (608) 527-2335, rest of year.
Twilight in the Park is a series of free concerts held Sunday 6 to 8 p.m. mid-June to mid-August at downtown's Veterans Memorial Park, 12th Street and SR 11.
Visitor InfoBrodhead Chamber of Commerce Address not available BRODHEAD, WI . Phone:(608)897-8411
Self-guiding toursBrodhead's Exchange Square and North Residential historic districts can be explored on a self-guiding walking tour. Maps are available from Brodhead Historical Depot Museum in the old railroad depot on SR 11; phone (608) 897-4150.