Platteville

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The scenic rolling hills around Platteville were one of the first locations to be settled by Europeans who were drawn there by rich lead deposits. The lead miners gave Wisconsin its nickname, the “Badger State.” Platteville’s early mining heritage is showcased in two museums: the Mining Museum, built atop the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine, and the Rollo Jamison Museum with more than 20,000 items from the late 1800’s. Platteville’s history is not its only attraction. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts hosts the Heartland Festival each summer, a six-week celebration of the performing arts.

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