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Dodge County, Wisconsin Genealogy and History

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Established: 1851
County Seat: Juneau
Parent: Territorial County

* Records before the establishment of the county may be in the parent records.

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From: Handbook of Wisconsin by S. Silas, 1855

DODGE-Population 34,054 (1855)
pg. 62-64

A beautiful, rich, and healthy County. It is one of the best for agricultural purposes, well watered, diversified in surface, being prairie, openings, and a moderate amount of timber, and is of easy access to market. It has sufficient water power for ordinary purposes. The La Crosse and Milwaukee Rail Road passes through it nearly east and west. This will be completed to Horicon in November, and to Beaver Dam early in the winter.

The Milwaukee and Horicon Road leaves the track of the La Crosse at Horicon, running north to Berlin on the Fox. It will be in running order to Waupun early in the winter, and in connection with that part of the Valley Road from Waupun to Fond du Lac, will give the latter place a Rail Road connection with the lake shore.

The immense deposit of iron ore at Iron Ridge is one of the most remarkable in the north west. It lies within a mile of the La Crosse Rail Road, and five miles from Horicon. A furnace has already been erected at Mayville, which is manufacturing it extensively into pig iron, and there is little doubt that bar iron of the first quality can be manufactured directly from the ore.

The village of Junean (sic) in the town of Fairfield is the county seat.

Beaver Dam, at the outlet of Beaver Dam lake, is the largest place, containing a population in village and town of 3,000. Its growth at present is more rapid that at any former period. Horicon and Fox Lake are both of vigorous growth. Two wards of the city of Watertown are in Dodge County--the other three in Jefferson.

All the public lands are taken up. The County lies partly in Menasha land districts.

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Vital Records

Birth, Death, & Marriage Records:
Earliest Registration Dates*:
Births 1870
Deaths 1852
Marriages 1843

Dodge Register of Deeds
127 E. Oak St.
Juneau, WI 53039
Telephone: (920) 386-3270

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Census Links

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Residents of the County

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Area History

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