Wisconsin's Tobacco Land

Wisconsin's Tobacco Land (HMO78)

Location: Edgerton, WI 53534 Rock County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 49.129', W 89° 4.337'

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Wisconsin's first commercial tobacco was raised in Dane and Rock counties by cousins Orrin and Ralph Pomeroy in 1854. Grown as a cash crop to supplement dairy income, Wisconsin tobacco is used as a binder in making cigars. Because of the large amount of hand labor, the areas planted are small, usually two to five acres. In late April the seed is sown in the steam-sterilized soil of long white muslin-covered seedbeds, and transplanting to the field is done by machine in June. The plants are cut and speared on lath in August and are hung in the long unpainted sheds to cure for two to three months. "Case weather" (fog or rain) in late fall conditions the leaf so that it can be stripped from stalks and baled for market. About 100 miles to the northwest, in Vernon and surrounding counties, tobacco production began in the 1880s and is an important crop today.
HM NumberHMO78
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number109
Year Placed1961
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 330593 N 4742777
Decimal Degrees42.81881667, -89.07228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 49.129', W 89° 4.337'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 49' 7.74" N, 89° 4' 20.22" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1795 W Crystal Dr, Edgerton WI 53534, US
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