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hiddenvalleys.com | 89 LAFAYETTE COUNTY Land of History & Adventure | co.lafayette.wi.gov Welcome to Lafayette County CHECK US OUT AND “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK: LAFAYETTE COUNTY WISCONSIN numerous parks, go for a walk with your camera, or enjoy a birding adventure. No matter how you decide to spend your time here, you will discover that this is a county based in agriculture. We are, in fact, the most agriculturally dependent county in Wisconsin. Farmers range from large dairy farms to small vegetable and fiber producers, and all are important to the fabric of our communities. Speaking of communities, we may be small when it comes to size, but what we lack in numbers, we make up for in friendliness. Wander into our communities for a taste of some authentic American small-town culture. Stay awhile to get to know the people who call these places home. Take your time, there are no stoplights in Lafayette County…just plenty of reasons to slow down and stay awhile. n TRAVEL THROUGH HISTORY Retrace the steps of earlyWisconsin on your travels through Lafayette County. With a little imagination, you can hear the echoes of those original “badgers” picking mineral out of the hillsides. Andyou can almost hear the sound of the gavel as the first Wisconsin Territorial legislators gathered in 1836. Start your history lesson in Shullsburg at The Badger Mining Museum where you can get a glimpse of life through nearly A little bit of country is good for the soul… youwill find plenty of it in Lafayette County. Nestled in the hills of the southwest Wisconsin Driftless region, this area was untouched by ancient glaciers, leaving a landscape of undulating hills and valleys with awesome views from atop ridges, a virtual mosaic of farm fields, stone outcroppings, and verdant river valleys. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, a respite from the hustle and bustle of life, Lafayette County is what you need. Lafayette County played a significant role in the early history of our state. There are numerous places for you to dig deeper into our state’s history. This was lead mining country, with settlers arriving in the 1820s. Early miners, with no time to build permanent structures, clawed into the hillsides, where they dug out lead and made crude dwelling shelters resembling badger holes. These miners were the inspiration for Wisconsin becoming known as The Badger State. Is outdoor recreation more your style? Lafayette County is for you too. No matter the season, there are opportunities for hiking, bicycling, swimming, ATV riding, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross- country skiing. Are you an outdoor lover looking for a quieter way to enjoy nature? Take a drive, find a quiet spot in one of our 190 years of this historic community. You will find farming implements, household items, antique clothing, and a replica of a general store. Learn about Shullsburg’s more infamous stories too—like a daring bank robbery by Chicago mobsters in 1927. At the center of it all is a look back at the important mining industry with displays of minerals, mining equipment, and a working replica of the Eagle Pitcher mine. Take a tour into an actual hand-dug 19th century mine and get a feel for the rough Don’t Miss... • Our New Facebook Page! • Badger Mine & Museum • Yellowstone Lake State Park • Cheese Country Trail • Swindler’s Ridge Museum • Darlington Depot Museum • Pecatonica River State Recreation Trail • Shullsburg’s Gravity Hill • Benton - Mining Capital of the World • Belmont ‘‘Home of the First State Capitol’’ • Shullsburg’s Historic Water Street Business District