by Melanie Devaney

Known as the place “where Wisconsin began,” Mineral Point was the site where the state’s first territorial governor, Henry Dodge, was inaugurated. Founded in 1827, it is the state’s third oldest, and was once a thriving mining center where large deposits of zinc and lead were extracted for various uses as the infrastructure of America was built. Flash forward almost two hundred years and Mineral Point is once again a place where folks can mine valuable assets. Whereas, zinc and lead are more utilitarian materials, what people can find in Mineral Point these days is an abundance of artists and galleries – gems, if you will. If you “dig” art, then it’s time to go on an expedition to Mineral Point.

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