Although mining has left, it has paved the way for a wide variety of other industries which, along with agriculture and tourism, create a successful economic blend. Dodgeville, which has a population of 4,220, is home to several internationally recognized companies. Lands’ End, direct merchants of clothing, linens, and luggage, moved to Dodgeville in 1978 and has since reached sales in excess of $1 billion. Walnut Hollow, one of the largest makers of woodcrafts, established itself in Dodgeville in 1973. Today, Walnut Hollow distributes to Japan, Canada, the Netherlands and many others. Quality Liquid Feeds, maker of a molasses based liquid agricultural animal feed, was founded in 1977. Three tons of the animal feed was sold in its first year of business; today QLF will surpass 200,000 tons sold. While agriculture still remains one of the dominant businesses in the area, it is incredibly diverse compared to years past.
There is more to our downtown district than our beautiful courthouse. In 1991, Dodgeville was selected as one of Wisconsin’s Main Street Communities. It is a distinction which few other cities can lay claim to and one which makes Dodgeville proud! Just a few years later, in 1995, the downtown area was named a National Historic District. Our unique array of downtown shops reflect the growth, development and pride of the business district and its merchants. Continual improvements and revitalization keeps our downtown vibrant.
Iowa County’s only hospital is located in Dodgeville. The city’s first hospital, a 3-bed facility, was established in 1899 by Dr. William Reese. It was closed in 1914 when the Franciscan Sisters built St. Joseph’s Hospital at the south end of Iowa Street. Although the location hasn’t changed, the name and level of provided services certainly has. Today, it is called Upland Hills Health and new facilities, equipment and services are constantly being added or upgraded.