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The City of Shullsburg is Wisconsin’s third oldest community, having a settlement of 40 or 50 miners by March 1827, some twenty-one years before Wisconsin’s statehood. Jesse Shull arrived in the region in 1818, working as a fur trader for John Jacob Aster, President of the American Fur Co. During the course of his work, Shull was shown mineral deposits by Native Americans, and shortly thereafter settled the community that would eventually bear his name.

It was during the 1880s that a significant mining boom and the extension of the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad helped finance the construction of many of Shullsburg’s beautiful downtown commercial buildings, which still stand today. Through the 20th Century, the mines continued to support the city’s economy and provided an especially important role during World War II. Changes in the industry finally forced the local mines to close in the 1970s. For nearly fifteen years that followed, the economy continued to decline, and the beautiful old buildings on Water Street fell into disrepair.

In the late 1980s, Shullsburg’s Water Street business district, now a National Historic Landmark, took on new life. One by one its buildings were saved through caring restoration. Now they house a variety of unique shops, outstanding restaurants, and guest rooms, and offer visitors a trip back to a time forgotten. Visits to Shullsburg are highlighted by trips to Gravity Hill, where the laws of physics stand still; picnics in beautiful Badger Park; and journeys through our 19th Century lead mine, 60 feet below the earth.

Even as it builds upon its history, Shullsburg is focused on the future. Already, the City serves as home to several industry leaders, including the Shullsburg Creamery and its famous Shullsburg Cheese; Swiss Valley Dairy; Truck Country/McCoy International Lease; and Antenna Plus, a state-of-the-art producer of GPS technology. With a population of just over 1,200, we offer the finest of small town living: great schools, low crime, summer concerts in the park, and a close-knit sense of community. We also offer a great business climate, with a low cost of operation, easy access to major transportation hubs, and a dedicated workforce capable of meeting all your business needs.

We hope you’ll visit us soon — and come to agree that Shullsburg’s the place for you!

For more information about Shullsburg, visit our website at www.shullsburgwisconsin.org or contact the City Office at (608) 965-4424.

For a map of Shullsburg, visit our Community Maps section.

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