2013 Mining History Association Tours

 

Shullsburg and Mineral Point, WI

Tour Leaders: Mark Langenfeld,

Jim Jewell, and Tracey Roberts

June 9, 2013

 

 

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Pendarvis, a Wisconsin State Historic Site near Mineral Point, is maintained and open seasonally by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  It contains several restored Cornish houses and the Merry Christmas Mine site.

 

A Pendarvis docent in period costume described the settlement and life of the mining families who made the trek from Cornwall to southwestern Wisconsin.

A three-storied house is the largest in Pendarvis.  It is located on Shake Rag Street, so named because wives could signal their men for dinner by waving a rag.

 

Eric Nystrom and the other MHAers toured the Cornish houses.

Two smaller limestone homes are also located on Shake Rag Street.  The two-story home was originally restored and used as a restaurant.

 

A rear view of the houses shows the addition of kitchens at the rear.

 

A close-up view of the restored stonework of the limestone facade.

Another rear view of the largest home shows a more modern patio and kitchen window from its restaurant days.


Photo Credits: Mike and Pat Kaas, Susan Canty

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