DescriptionSome of the early surface miners who came to Mineral Point in search of “mineral,” or lead, lived in crude shelters that were dug in hillsides—and provided the source for Wisconsin's nickname, “The Badger State.” Beginning in the early 1830s they were joined by Cornish miners skilled in hard-rock mining.
Their Cornish heritage survives in the town's stone houses, colorful stories and traditional pasties (PAST-ees), saffron cakes and tea biscuits. Folklore claims the name of Shake Rag Street stems from the Cornish wives' custom of waving rags to summon their men working on the opposite hillside.
Mineral Point has become a center for the arts, with some of the many restored buildings now home to working art studios and galleries and a Center for the Arts that offers classes year-round.
Visitor InfoMineral Point Chamber of Commerce 225 High St. MINERAL POINT, WI 53565. Phone:(608)987-3201 or (888)764-6894
Things to SeePendarvis Historic Site