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.
Small town charm
Platteville was established in 1827, and we are very proud of our historic downtown and committed to historic preservations efforts. A wide variety of shops, services, restaurants and bars are available right in the downtown. We have 14 beautiful city parks, a family aquatic center, skateboard park, and walking paths in an around the city. Katie's Garden, located next to the Platteville Chamber/Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, offers visitors a quiet place to walk, picnic or fish. Our Veterans Honor Roll Memorial in downtown City Park is in the heart of our community and draws many visitors.
Classic scenic drive.
A visit to Platteville is a must if you love beautiful scenery! The hills and beautiful valleys offer views that are some of the best one could hope to see. Our area is surrounded by farms, and the beauty of the fields of corn, oats and hay are a photographer's dream. Wildlife is abundant and readily seen from the roadway.
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Platteville is home to the "World's Largest M,” a landmark constructed by University of Wisconsin-Platteville mining students in 1936 on a mound just east of the city. The "M" is 241' high and 214' wide. There are steps that lead to the top of the mound along with occasional resting and viewing platforms. The views from the top are breathtaking, and one can see three states - Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois!
Mark these events on your calendar:
- Platteville is home to the annual Dairy Days 3-day celebration - including a parade, midway rides, dairy show, lots of food, and music.
- Annual Historic Reenactment, which showcases our fur trading history. This living history event provides hands-on learning to more than 2,000 students and educators who take part in "Student Day.”
- The Driftless Film Festival, brings to the area the opportunity to share in many venues the excellent independent films that are made.
- UWP also hosts the annual Heartland Festival each summer which offers a wide opportunity for visitors to see a wide variety of great plays and musicals.
Must see attractions:
- Rollo Jamison and Mining Museums.
- Rountree Gallery, located near the museums, has local artisans’ work on display.
- The Nohr Gallery on the UWP campus showcases the work of many local artisans and student/faculty work.
- The Stone Cottage is the oldest home in Platteville and is available for tours on weekends throughout the year.
- In 2012, the Veterans Honor Roll Memorial was dedicated in downtown City Park. The names of more than 3500 community veterans are etched in granite surrounding 8 one-of-a-kind statues.