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Mineral Point

Population: 2,487
Median Age: 43.7
Median Home Price: $171,895
Wisconsin’s third oldest city, Mineral Point was settled in 1827, becoming a lead and zinc mining center during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In the 1830s, news of these rich deposits of lead reached Cornwall, England. These early immigrants possessed advanced mining skills as well as expertise in stone building construction. Their legacy is reflected in a remarkable inventory of mid-19th-century architecture. Today the city’s historical character has made it a regional tourist destination.

Major employers in the area include Cummins, Lands’ End, Upland Hills Health, Cummins Emissions Solutions and University of Wisconsin—Platteville.

Some of the community’s most popular events include:

  • Mineral Point Gallery Nights, taking place on the first weekends in April, June, August and December, featuring late-night shopping, live music, workshops, artist receptions and much more.
  • Cornish Festival, held each year during the last weekend of September when “The Most Cornish City in the USA” celebrates the city’s connections to Cornwall with three days of entertainment and education featuring Cornish music, foods and traditions.

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