The Iowa County Historical Society restored the cabin and moved it to its present location on Fountain Street.It is one of Wisconsin's oldest structures and may be the last extant mining camp cabin from the days of the "Lead Rush" of 1827-1830.There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 511.3 per square mile (197.5/km²).The racial makeup of the city was 98.06% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races.At the time, Mineral Point was the seat, because it was centrally located in the 'old' Iowa County that stretched from the Wisconsin River in the north south to the Illinois border.The County seat eventually moved to Dodgeville because of its central location in the 'new' Iowa County.Dodgeville is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.Its sister city is Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom.
Miners from England flooded the city, and British and Cornish architecture is still visible in the city today.Dodgeville became the largest city in Wisconsin at the time as well as most of the Midwest north or St. The community's boom didn't last long though, and with the decline of mining its population was overtaken by rapidly growing cities like Chicago and Milwaukee.Several factors led to the decline in importance of mining, including the Black Hawk War, the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Civil War, and the emergence of farming, leading to Dodgeville's development as a business and agricultural center.Family mausoleums were quite common in larger urban areas in the late 19th century, but less common in smaller communities. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older.The Jones and Owens mercantile business building is located on South Iowa Street and currently houses the Quality Bakery (since 1946), among other businesses. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.The structure's foundation walls were among the oldest stone structures in Dodgeville, dating from the 1840s.