Mineral Point is riding high because of its inclusion last spring in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of a historic city as "a hidden gem nestled in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin," the Trust emphasizes its 19th-century architecture, which has been the focus of preservation for nearly 80 years.
Looking to build upon its reputation as a solid weekend vacation destination, the James Stroschein and narrated by onetime Chicago broadcaster Frank Beaman -- both members of the Mineral Point Historical Society -- the video runs just over five minutes.
This tourism video follows below.
UW law school prof and travel writer Nina Camic wrote about her trip to Mineral Point late last winter. In her first report, she compared the old Cornish mining burg to its antecedents in Britain and wrote: "Fact is, this is one of the region's nicest -- a town with a deep history (and you can feel it, right here on High Street), with a great bed-and-breakfast, a fine brewery (actually, the bed-and-breakfast and the brewery are one and the same), and don't forget the landscape -- hills and vales." In a follow-up essay, she declares the village to be the "southwest of the Midwest" and ponders its breakfasts, galleries, and cross-country ski trails.What's going on in Mineral Point in August? The chamber's calendar includes info about a hog roast this weekend, a city-wide garage sale next weekend, and the opening of the Iowa County Fair at the end of the month.