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Hamilton, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, USA

                              
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Hamilton sign
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Welcome to Hamilton, Wisconsin, a National Historic District

"Settled by Irish immigrants, "New Dublin" was renamed in 1847 after William S. Hamilton, son of Alexander, spent the night here is what became the first stagecoach stop between Milwaukee and Green Bay (1848). Settled before Cedarburg, Hamilton retains some original buildings including Concordia Mill (1853) and Turner Hall (1867) built by Edward H. Janssen, later Wisconsin State Treasurer. His home also remains."* (*Information from commemorative plaque placed by Ozaukee County Historical Society, 1972.)


 
Turnhalle
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Hamilton Turnhalle, 1867

"The Hamilton Turnhalle, a fieldstone building trimmed with cut limestone quoins, lintels and sills, was constructed by local farmers and merchants in 1867. Edward Janssen was the contractor."** (continued)


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"The last remaining turner hall of its type in the United States, it served as a combination meeting place and gymnasium for members of the Hamilton “Turnverein” society for more than twenty years. When the society disbanded, the building saw use as a shoe factory and later as a cider mill; however, neither use proved to be economically feasible and the building fell into disrepair. The Turnhalle was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1976. It was donated to the Town of Cedarburg and the Cedarburg Landmark Preservation Society by Adelaide B. Mill. Funds for restoration were provided by a combination of donations from local citizens and a matching grant from the National Park Service obtained though the State Historical Society of Wisconsin."** (**Information from commemorative plaque placed by Cedarburg Landmarks Preservation Society, Inc., May 1, 1983.

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The mill
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Even though the dam in Cedar Creek was removed about 2 years ago and the mill race is now dry, the mill still stands as a monument to the endeavors of industrious Wisconsin pioneers.


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Cedar Creek
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Meandering south out of Hamilton, Cedar Creek flows on to the next town.

                              
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