As the natural divide between the Wisconsin River and the Pecatonica River Watersheds, the Military Ridge has been a preferred overland route across this region of what is now Wisconsin for hundreds of years. Bison, French explorers, and American soldiers during the Blackhawk War have all used the naturally level and obstacle-free pathway.
Covering more than 5,000 acres of the Uplands is Governor Dodge State Park, located three miles north of Dodgeville on State Hwy. 23. Governor Dodge is the second largest state park in Wisconsin and is open year ‘round for your enjoyment.
Since 1986, The community of Dodgeville and surrounding Iowa County have coordinated a special celebration honoring some of our greatest American heroes–our farmers. Recognizing the importance of agriculture to this largely rural area, the citizens developed Iowa County Farmers Appreciation Day held in Dodgeville on the second weekend of July each year.