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Viroqua

Webster

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Genoa

Hillsboro

Viroqua

Vernon County, previously known as Bad Axe County

Description from John W. Hunt's "1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer":

"BAD AX, County, is bounded on the north by LaCrosse, on the east by Sauk and Richland , on the south by Richland and Crawford, and on the west by the Mississippi river , and was set off from Crawford and organized March 1, 1851. The county seat was established by a vote of the electors of the county on the 29th day of Jane, 1852, at Viroqua, near the centre of the county. The streams are the Bad Ax, Kickapoo and Racoon rivers, with their tributaries, and small streams emptying into the Mississippi . A large quantity (41,807 acres,) of that portion of school lands known as the 500,000 acre grant, is situated in Bad Ax county, the soil of which is good, and produces good crops of wheat, oats, corn, &c. This county is comparatively new, and contained in 1850 less than 700 inhabitants. During the last two years the population has increased very fast."

Vernon County's county seat is Viroqua.

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Updates

After Nov. 2011 check Wis. State page for UPDATES

June 2011
Town histories of Webster and Hamburg

May 2011:
Obit for ANGELL; Community News item about 1886 elections
History of the
Town of Bergen; History of Christiana and bios of early settlers; History of the Village of Westby;
Bio for Brig. General Rusk, DAHL, LAMPERT

Previous Updates:
1860 & 1870 Mortality Schedules 


Surrounding Counties

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La Crosse County * Monroe County * Juneau County *
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Allamakee County, Iowa * Houston County, Minnesota *

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