Jefferson Prairie Settlement Historical Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 29.620 W 088° 51.796
16T E 346884 N 4706271
Quick Description: The Jefferson Prairie Settlement Historical Marker is located on Hwy 140, 4 miles south of Clinton, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 11/13/2007 3:04:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM2K01
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 70

Long Description:
Ole Knutson Nattestad, first Norwegian settler in Wisconsin, came to Clinton Township, July 1, 1838.

In his native Numedal, Nattestad had been a farmer, peddler, and blacksmith. In 1836 he and his brother Ansten visited Stavanger and there heard for the first time about America. Early the next year they secured passage to Massachusetts and a few months later had worked their way to Chicago.

In the spring of 1838 Ansten returned to Norway while Ole “explored” northward, eventually reaching Clinton Township.

Ansten organized more than a hundred emigrants and led them to Wisconsin the following year. Some joined Ole Nattestad on Jefferson Prairie: others went west to Rock Prairie (Luther Valley).

Although the groups organized different church congregations and were separated by settlers of different nationality, they are usually regarded jointly as the first Norwegian settlement in Wisconsin, and the fourth in America.
County: Rock

Location: Wayside

MarkerID: 2

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