Miners were some of the first Europeans to settle in Wisconsin; they came to mine the rich surface deposits of lead found in the state’s southwestern corner. The Badger Mine and Museum in Shullsburg preserves the city’s 180-year history of mining and cheesemaking. Enjoy the exhibits, then descend 51 steps with your tour guide into a hand-dug nineteenth century lead mine. Drive just south of town on Cty. U to experience Gravity Hill, a stretch of road where vehicles appear to roll…uphill.

Small town charm

A bit of yesteryear charm in our historic buildings, great restaurants and friendly people. You will find lots of history in our Badger Mine & Museum, Miner Park, and Water Street which includes several buildings on the Historic Register.

Don't leave without tasting...

Pasty - The meat and potatoes dish reminiscent of a miner’s lunch. This tasty treat was packed in the lunch boxes of the miners to provide a hearty lunch.

Top photo opportunity is...

Our historic buildings. You'll find history all around town in our Catholic Church built by Dr. Mazzachelli, our grand and stately old homes, and our historic downtown buildings of various architectural designs.

Mark these events on your calendar:

  • Cheesefest - a full day of free, family entertainment on historic Water Street featuring a cheese curd eating contest and lots of cheese
  • "A Bit Of Yesteryear" Christmas" - brings back memories of Christmas past with our shops & restaurants decorated for the holidays
  • Our old fashioned 4th of July

Must see attractions:

Badger Mine and Museum - located in lovely Badger Park. The mine offers an opportunity to tour an underground lead mine experiencing how the miners worked in days past. The Museum contains artifacts and historical objects of a bygone era. You'll learn all about life in a mining community.