Waupun – The City of Sculpture

Founded in 1839 by Seymour Wilcox who chose to stake his claim in the Rock River Valley, part in Fond du Lac County and part in Dodge County, Waupun grew up ouWaupunt of the lush wilderness lands inhabited only by Indians. An ethnic mix of Irish, English, Scots, German, Norwegian and Dutch settlers soon followed.

In 1851, Waupun was chosen as the site for a state penitentiary because of the great abundance of limestone and the close proximity to the proposed Rock River Valley Railroad. Seymour Wilcox donated 20 acres of land to the state for the construction of the prison that opened its doors in 1852. This magnificent structure is located in the heart of the city with all of the original building in use today.

On the National Register of Historic Places are: Waupun Correctional Institution (also on the State Register of Historic Places); Waupun Heritage Museum; the post office; the Dahl residence and two of the city’s sculptures — “Recording Angel” and the “End of the Trail.”

Waupun’s rich history gives it the character and substance that is evident today in the ethics, principles and values that drive the progress of the city.

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