Darlington, Wisconsin

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Darlington
City
Darlington is located in Wisconsin
Darlington
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°40′59″N 90°07′03″W / 42.68306°N 90.1175°W / 42.68306; -90.1175Coordinates: 42°40′59″N 90°07′03″W / 42.68306°N 90.1175°W / 42.68306; -90.1175
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Lafayette
Area[1]
 • Total 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 869 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,451
 • Estimate (2011[3]) 2,449
 • Density 1,829.1/sq mi (706.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 53530
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-18875
GNIS feature ID 1563718

Darlington is a city in Lafayette County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is the seat of the county. As of the 2010 census, 2,451 people lived there.[4] The city is surrounded by the Town of Darlington.

History[change | change source]

The first white man’s home in the city of Darlington was a log house. It was owned by Jamison Hamilton in 1836. He laid out the village of Avon, or Centre, in 1847.[5] Darlington was first organized in 1849, For a long time it was known as the town of Centre.

In 1857, the county seat was moved from Shullsburg to Darlington. The courthouse was moved to Darlington in 1861. In 1869, the town of Centre became known as Darlington.[6] The name was changed because Joshua Darling bought the land in 1850.[5]

The streets of the town were named after the wives of the planners and important men of the town. These names include Minerva, Mary, Harriet, Lucy, Louisa, and Cornelia. Minerva was the wife of the first president of the village. Mary was the wife of one of the first businessmen of Darlington. Cornelia was the wife of James M. Keep, one of the original founders of the community. He also helped Joshua Darling in buying the land.[6]

Geography[change | change source]

The city has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2). All of it is land.[1]


References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/files/Gaz_places_national.txt. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/files/SUB-EST2011-IP.csv. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Western Historical Company. History of Lafayette County. Chicago: Windmill Publications, 1881.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lafayette County Bicentennial Committee. The Lafayette County Bicentennial Book. Madison: Straus Printing and Publishing, 1976.

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