Old Halfway Prairie

Old Halfway Prairie (HMRQA)

Location: Mazomanie, WI 53560 Dane County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 10.936', W 89° 44.381'

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This building is Dane County's oldest existing country schoolhouse. Repeated remodelings conceal an original framework of logs.

The land was donated for school purposes in 1844 by Mary Fowler, a widow and member of the British Temperance Immigration Society.

The name Halfway Prairie was coined by early lead miners who often camped here when traveling from Mineral Point to Portage. The word Old was added in 1915 to distinguish from a later school.

Early school terms were adjusted to the rhythms of season and farm work. The fall term closed with the first heavy snowfall and the spring term opened with the roads. Early teachers were paid $20 to $30 per month. Board and room cost $2.00 per month. The standard eight month term was adopted in 1895.

In 1964 Dane County accepted land and buildings as a park site.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number5
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 8:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 277348 N 4784699
Decimal Degrees43.18226667, -89.73968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 10.936', W 89° 44.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 10' 56.16" N, 89° 44' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9770 WI-19, Mazomanie WI 53560, US
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