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Jackson County was formed from Crawford County in 1853.  Black River Falls became the county seat and within 20 years there were 10 townships.  At present, there are 21 within the county boundaries. The earliest inhabitants of Jackson County were the Winnebago Tribe.  Another early group was the Mormons, followers of Joseph Smith.  The temple they constructed at Nauvoo, Illinois, was built with lumber from the Jackson County.  Many later followers of James Strang, known as "Strangite Mormons", came here to settle.

The first settlers were loggers, lured here by the white pine that was in abundance in the county.  And, as with most of Wisconsin's early settlers, they came from the eastern states.  When the logging camps closed, the farmland enticed a new kind of settler, the farmer, the first of which was Robert Douglas, a Scotsman who settled here in 1839.  Farming includes cranberries, sphagum moss and strawberries.  Other industries include the mining of iron ore.  The first newspaper, the Badger State Banner printed its first issue in 1856.

As with many areas of Wisconsin there was a large influx of Old World immigrants and as their populations grew, the traditions they brought with them to their new homeland created a diverse cultural history is still found today.

I am your host Debbe Hagner.  The Jackson County WIGenWeb project is working to bring the genealogy and history of Jackson County to the Internet.  If you have materials such as biographies, cemetery inscriptions, bible records, deeds and wills, or USGenWeb Project Logo anything else related to Jackson County, won't you please consider submitting them to the site?  We are also in need of volunteers to transcribe materials and do lookups, if you have the time, or access to materials regarding Jackson County and would like to contribute, please contact me at   Help the Jackson County WIGenWeb project grow with your contributions!

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