Stoughton (HMO81)

Location: Stoughton, WI 53589 Dane County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 54.964', W 89° 13.424'

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Stoughton was founded by Luke Stoughton in 1847. The first settlers were Yankees from New England.

Waves of Norwegians immigrated to the community during the late 19th century to make Stoughton America's Norwegian capital, home of lutefisk and "Syttende Mai."

Stoughton's economy has leaned heavily on agriculture. Wheat farming was important in the beginning. Later Norwegian farmers made Stoughton a great tobacco growing and warehousing center. Women who sorted tobacco in the warehouses inaugurated the national coffee break custom. The manufacture of wagons was pioneered by Targe Mandt in 1865 and at the turn of the century Stoughton's wagon factories were nationally famous shipping 33 thousand vehicles per year and employing 1000 men.

The present Stoughton Historical Museum was built as the city's first church by Universalists in 1858.
HM NumberHMO81
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number7
Year Placed1965
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 318497 N 4753893
Decimal Degrees42.91606667, -89.22373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 54.964', W 89° 13.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 54' 57.84" N, 89° 13' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 324 S Page St, Stoughton WI 53589, US
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