History and Heritage
Beginning as Platte River Diggings in 1827, Platteville was settled
by European miners who were attracted by its rich lead deposits.
The discovery of mineral lead in the area quickly made the regions
Platteville was quaintly and practically planned in a manner reminiscent
of Yorkshire, England, while still having access to the towns
Events and Festivals
Platteville residents enjoy a number of parades, festivals, and
special activities throughout the year. Community events such as
fish fries, music festivals and fireworks displays are just a small
example of activities one might enjoy. Some of the favorite Platteville
gatherings include the Party in the Park, outdoor concerts, Quilt
Show, Art Fair, Haunted House, Dairy Days and the 4th of July. Annually,
Platteville holds a Historic Encampment in Moundview Park that features
demonstrations and historic displays. This event hosts a student
day where over 2,000 students from the surrounding area learn about
Visitors and residents of Platteville enjoy the Aquatic Center,
home to a 12,000 square foot pool with geysers, 140-foot waterslide,
diving boards and racing lanes. Water aerobics, swimming lessons
and water safety instruction are among the many programs offered
by the facility. In June, the Region 5 Badger State Summer Games
are hosted in Platteville. In addition, Platteville is home to many
historical landmarks including the First Capitol Historic Site,
the former Capitol of the Wisconsin Territory.
Platteville is the home of the Worlds Largest "M",
a 239 by 236 foot limestone structure that was built in 1936 as
a symbol of the local mining school. Visitors may climb the staircase
to the top of the "M" and see the phenomenal view of three
Lodging and Dining
Lodging in Platteville ranges from economical motels to larger motel
chains. Guests may also enjoy relaxing in one of the quaint bed
and breakfasts in the area. Campgrounds provide another lodging
option during the warmer months.
From fast food to fine dining, Plattevilles restaurants offer
a wide variety of options. Ethnic cuisine includes excellent Italian,
Mexican, and Chinese restaurants. Those who simply enjoy American
fare will find a wonderful mix of family restaurants, taverns and
pubs at which to dine.
The real estate market in Platteville has something to suit everyones
taste. The city and surrounding area showcases traditional and Victorian
homes, as well as more modern ranch style homes. A variety of options
exist for those interested in renting apartments or homes around
Parks & Recreation
The city of Platteville provides numerous parks to enjoy fun and
relaxation. Located near the center of town, City Park is home to
a large gazebo, hosting weekly outdoor concerts during the warmer
months. Legion Field offers multiple sports amenities, such as a
soccer field, baseball diamonds, and horseshoe pitching pits. Providing
individuals with large open areas, playground equipment, and a sheltered
area, Valley View Park is another favorite. Smith Park offers patrons
shade from its hundreds of trees, as well as several picnic shelters.
A biking/hiking trail is a recent addition to the citys recreational
facilities. Baseball, volleyball, fishing, golfing, and camping
are just a few of the activities residents of Platteville are able
to enjoy throughout the year.
Plattevilles government is structured with a Common Council
and City Manager form of administration. Bi-weekly Common Council
meeting are televised and everyone is encouraged to participate.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the efficient building
and maintenance of the citys infrastructure. Water, garbage,
recycling and sewer services are provided by the City of Platteville.
The city also provides other amenities such as snow and ice removal,
weed and tall grass control, and cemetery maintenance. Plattevilles
Community Planning and Development Department is available to assist
with planning and zoning, building inspection, and historic preservation.
The Platteville Police Department has lived up to its duty to serve
and protect, as Platteville enjoys one of the safest communities
in the nation. The Fire Department also enlists a highly trained
group of firefighters.
Platteville is ready and able to meet the heath care needs of you
and your loved ones. Southwest Health Center, licensed by the State
of Wisconsin and accredited by the Joint Commission and Accreditation
of Health Care Organizations, was founded in 1950. Many common services
such as CT scanning, bone densitometry, MRI, ultrasound, mammography,
electrocardiogram, nuclear medicine, and stress testing, are provided
at the facility. Birthing, common surgeries, and rehabilitation
services are also available.
The Southwest Health Center also staffs a 24-hour emergency room
with in-house physicians.
Local physicians are also available to serve the needs of residents.
Platteville is home to two physician clinics as well as independent
physicians. These doctors also have access to hospital facilities.
Platteville is also supported by excellent dentists, chiropractors,
optometrists, psychologists, and massage therapists.
Plattevilles religious community continues to grow and support
the city. Regular worship services are provided for nearly every
faith and everyone is welcome to attend. The religious community
also provides Platteville with numerous services and outreach programs
to enhance the quality of living.
Clubs and Organizations
Quota International, Optimists, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Rotary, Girl
and Boy Scouts, Building Platteville, 4-H, Big Buddy Program, Dairy
Days, Melody Lodge, Oddfellows, United Way, Wisconsin Badger Camp,
and the Platteville Jaycees are some of the service organizations
offering residents the opportunity to meet others, as well as give
back to the community.