Village of Barron, 1877

Transcribed from the Barron County Shield - March 30, 1877

Donated by Timm Severud


  No newspaper has ever honored our county seat, the village of Barron, with a public notice. The causes that led to the removal of the county seat and its location here are fresh in the memories of the readers. And the determination of the people to get loose from all corrupting and controlling influences, which they supposed to exist at the time, resulted in the selection of the geographical center, now the village of Barron, for a future county seat. At that time there was but one house here. It was used for court, hotel, official and all other purposes. The roads were bad; settlers on adjacent lands poor; the place had no wealthy friends and its growth has been slow. The completion of a respectable courthouse last fall gave encouragement to our people, and we now have a store, barber shop, blacksmith shop, saloon, billiard hall, hotel, newspaper, a road opened to the present terminus of the North Wisconsin Railroad, eleven families in all, with a firm faith in the town.


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