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Known as the Pearl of the Pecatonica, Darlington is located in the heart of Lafayette County and is the County Seat. Jamison Hamilton claimed the land in 1836 and 14 years later sold it to an agent representing Joshua Darling. Many of the City's streets bear the names of the wives of Darling and his business associates.

The Pecatonica River has added a rich history to Darlington, from transportation to recreation to vocation. Around 1900, the Pecatonica was considered one of the major pearl producing rivers in the country and buttons were made out of the discarded shells at a riverside factory. The community was also home to the Parson Brothers Circus, which had in its employ Al Ringling, who would later purchase the circus and go on to produce the "Greatest Show on Earth."

The City has ample opportunity for business growth, recreational fun, and leisure time activities. Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, a county-owned facility rated as one of the top small hospitals in the nation, is located in the community. Darlington, a Wisconsin Main Street community, features the county's largest business park, as well as a local promotional group and development corporation.

For more information about Darlington, visit our website at www.darlingtonwi.org, or by calling the City Office at (608) 776-4970, the Darlington Chamber-Main Street organization at (608) 776-3067, or the Darlington Development Corporation at (608) 776-2497.

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