About PlattevilleOn hillsides where dairy cattle now graze, miners once burrowed for lead. Platteville was settled in 1827, following John Rountree's discovery of “mineral” nearby. Rountree had the small mining town designed in the 1820s by an English architect who incorporated features of his native village of Yorkshire into the town plan.
Although some lead and zinc are still mined, cheese production is a more common industry. The town is a trading center for the surrounding agricultural and dairying region. Platteville also has the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Things to Do The Mining Museum
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