About DodgevilleAlong with Mineral Point, Dodgeville was a metropolis of the lead-mining region in the 1820s and 1830s during which its population was larger than Milwaukee and Chicago. The town bears the name of Henry Dodge, a colorful frontiersman who pioneered the mining industry, figured prominently in the defeat of Black Hawk and served as the first territorial governor of Wisconsin and later as a U.S. senator.
The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail connects Dodgeville with Madison passing along the boundaries of Governor Dodge State Park and Blue Mound State Park. Hikers and bicyclists use the gravel-paved trail until winter, when it is opened to cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.
The town is home to the corporate headquarters for the Lands' End clothing company. Take note: Lands' End is the correct spelling of the company's name. Years ago the owner made an error in a promotional brochure when the company was still new, and he couldn't afford a reprint to place the apostrophe where it belonged. Lands' End has been the spelling ever since.
Visitor Centers Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce & Information Center 338 N. Iowa St. Dodgeville, WI 53533. Phone:(608)935-9200 or (877)863-6343
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