Potosi-Tennyson along the Great River Road where history and progress meet!
The villages of Potosi & Tennyson are located in southwest Wisconsin, situated on the Great River Road along the Mississippi River bordering Iowa and Illinois. Beautiful bluffs and hills, trees, wildlife, birds and the winding Mississippi, along with the mining history, add to the character and charm of the communities. Potosi was first named Snake Hollow. Potosi stayed Snake Hollow until 1839 when three towns: Lafayette, Van Buren, and Osceola consolidated. English miners, German and Irish settlers came to the area to mine the lead and iron ore in the area. This area was the largest settlement in western Wisconsin in the mid 1800’s. Potosi Brewery was built around this time, closed in 1972 and reopened in 2008 after extensive remodeling. Potosi is known for the World’s Longest Main Street, without an intersecting road, winding through the village.
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Nearly a hundred and fifty years ago German immigrants, mainly from Bavaria, the Rhineland, Hanover and Wurttemberg, settled in this village to seek their livelihood from lead mining and tilling the soil. Among the first settlers in 1836 was Henry Kreizer who was a butcher and furnished beef to the miners.Most of these early immigrants found it difficult to speak English, so it was natural for them to group themselves according to nationality. It was thus that our village began in what the Germans called “Pleasant Valley”. After St Andrew’s parish was founded in 1846, it was often spoke of as “the German Settlement”. Later the British from British Hollow, hearing the word “Deutsch” ( German) , concluded that “Dutch Hollow” was a good name for the village even though the term never pleased the residents. In 1913 Father Pape called the villagers together and they voted upon the present name of “Tennyson” , after poet Lord Alfred Tennyson for our village.We mention these details to show the relationship of Tennyson today to Pleasant Valley of other years.
From the early 1900’s until the village’s incorporation on June 18th, 1940, the town’s people continued to grow and prosper. After its incorporation, village meetings were held in Leibfried’s Implement Shop across from Muller’s Garage during the summer, and the Alfred Muller residence during the winter.
The first village officers were Alfred Muller, Robert Muller, Ray Mofgan, J. F. Walsh, Hilda Haverland, Leonard Menne, Anicent Leibfried, and Nick Bierman
On June 5th, 1953 the village purchased the school house on Bunker Hill from the Tennyson School District # 3 for $2,600.00 for its use as a town hall. Other notable improvements in community life came with the installation of a village water system in 1958, followed by a sewage system in 1962.It was quite fitting for the Bi-centennial year that the old town hall was razed and replaced by the present structure in 1976.
The area has many attractions to compliment your time spent here, some of these are:
- Passage Thru Time Museum housing an extensive collection of photos and historic records along with Native American artifacts, World War II memorabilia, historic business paraphernalia and Agricultural history.
- Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art displays works by noted artists as well as exhibits reflecting the Mississippi River, the flora and fauna of the river valley, and river community artists. Changing Exhibits including sculptures, paintings, photography and more keep the museum fresh.
- Potosi Brewing Company Complex has four different entities: Great River Road Interpretive Center, a welcoming stop for guests to enjoy stories of the Mississippi River and learn about river history as well as other travel information about places and events in Grant County, National American Breweriana Association Museum and research library is also located here. Showcasing the rich history of America’s breweries through the preservation of brewery paraphernalia and advertising. Changing displays highlight various breweries and collectibles. The Potosi Brewing Company Transportation Museum, through interactive displays and exhibits, tells the history of the Potosi Brewery and the various modes of transportation used along the Great River Road by use of the river, highway and railway. And finally while at the complex, tantalize your taste buds in the Potosi Brewing Company Restaurant by sampling a fine selection of locally brewed beers at our handcrafted bar or outside in the beer garden beside the spring fed fish pond. The unique atmosphere, dining experience and flowing spring below the floor are examples of the ambiance you will enjoy. And don’t miss checking out the Brewery Cave and gift shop.
- Whispering Bluffs Winery, across the street from the Brewery, for great wine, cheese, chocolates, gourmet coffee and gifts.
- World’s Largest Cone Top Beer Can designed to look like a “Good Ole Potosi” beer is at the Holiday Gardens Convention Center or you can relax under their gazebo.
- Veterans Memorial in front of the Fire and Rescue building is a memorial that the citizens of our communities have dedicated to honor those men and women who have served our country from the Civil War to the present and also to recognize the firemen, EMT’s and police who have served our communities proudly. A wonderful tribute to view.
- Gary David Woodworking and Design is located across from the Brewery. Gary is a wood craftsman and an artisan specializing in custom commercial and residential pieces. Check out his truly unique works.
- For those who enjoy the beauty and intrigue of nature there are some popular recreation areas.
- Potosi Recreation Area, or the “Potosi Point” as it is known locally, is a narrow finger of land extending .6 miles into the Mississippi river. Visitors can enjoy bird watching from a Bird Viewing Platform or watch boats or a barge make their way on the river. Over 270 species of land birds and waterfowl have been observed, including eagles, snow geese, American pelicans and swans. Or enjoy shore fishing or use the boat ramp if you want to take your boat out to do some fishing. We are Wisconsin’s Catfish Capital!
- Grant River Recreation Area offers both tent and RV camping right on the banks of the Mississippi River. The park has a boat ramp, shower facilities and children’s playground area and is ideal for viewing the beautiful Mississippi River sunsets. The park is run by the Army Corp of Engineers and is considered by many to be the jewel of the Upper Mississippi River.
- Picnic or Camp on your visit by visiting Hickory Hill Park which offers picnic areas with or without shelters, a volleyball court and playground. Pine Point Lodging offers cabins with modern amenities in the secluded woods near the Mississippi River.
- Grant River Tubing Co and Y’Allbee Tubin’ are two local tubing companies to check out for a relaxing float down the Grant River or bring your own canoe to the Grant River.
- Rustic Road 3.4 miles of the Rustic Roads is located in Potosi. The River Lane Rd segment represents the only Rustic Road section that follows the Mississippi River.
Festivals and Events abound in Potosi and Tennyson. Make plans to attend one of these events:
- Firemen’s Catfish Fry & Catfish Festival is held the second weekend in August. Enjoy locally caught catfish and a variety of family friendly events. The firemen have been known to fry over a ton of succulent catfish on Sunday.
- Potosi Brewfest is held the fourth Saturday in August and attracts thousands to the area. Sample beer, wines, spirits, meats & cheese from Wisconsin and the nation. A great time!
- Other events may be found on the calendar on this site.
- To enjoy beer, biking, bird watching, camping, canoeing, fishing, history, hunting, snowmobiling, tubing, wine, and more…or just to relax, Potosi-Tennyson is the place to visit! Potosi-Tennyson…a great place to visit, a great place to live! Just a short drive away in beautiful southwest Wisconsin along the Great River Road.
Welcome to the Village of Potosi, here is some information that we feel would be helpful for you as a new resident.
Utilities & Telecommunication Services
Garbage & Recycling-Faherty Inc (billed with Water & Sewer)-348-9586
Garbage and recycling collection is weekly on Fridays. Please have both to the curb by 7:00 AM. If a holiday occurs during the week, not Sunday, then the collection will be on Saturday for that week only.
Tire and appliance collection will be on the 2nd Monday of each month according the following guidelines:
- Call Faherty, Inc. at least one day prior to request pick-up.
- Tires are limited to 8 car tires per household per year.
- Appliances are limited to 2 appliances per household per year.
Please leave the recycle bin in the house or apartment when you move. Replacement bins are available at the Potosi Village Hall.
Yard waste is picked up by village employees on the last Monday of the month from March through October. Yard waste shall include, but not be limited to, grass clippings, leaves, brush clippings, branches less that 4” in diameter and 3’ in length (tied in bundles), weeds, and garden debris.
Water-Sewer-Refuse –Connection & Disconnection – Village Hall, 105 North Main St, 763-2261
Satellite TV-DirectTV-1-855-678-2991 Dish Network-1-888-708-8692
Potosi Village Hall & Police Department-105 North Main St, 763-2261
Potosi Branch Library-103 North Main St, 763-2115
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 3pm-8pm, Wednesday: 10am-1pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm
Post Office-101 East St, 763-2202 or 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)
Polling Location-Voting Center-105 North Main St
You may register to vote on or before Election Day at the Potosi Village Hall or online at My Vote WI: myvote.wi.gov (online registration must be done prior to Election Day)
Village Contact Information
Village of Potosi Board Members as of April 2014
President: Frank Fiorenza
Trustee: Tom Droessler Trustee: Larry Percival
Trustee: Arlyn Weber Trustee: Joyce Weber
Trustee: Mick Whitaker Trustee: Sherri Yutzy
Monthly Board Meetings are held at the Potosi Village Hall Meeting room on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.
Village Clerk-Treasurer: Sheila Horner, 105 North Main St, P.O. Box 45, Potosi, WI 53820
Phone 763-2261, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Emergencies-Police/Fire/Rescue Squad: 911
Police Department/non-emergency: Deputy Matt Small –608-723-2157 E-mail PotosiPD@tds.net
Fire Department/non-emergency: Chief Ryne Emler – 608-778-2393
Rescue Squad/non-emergency: Missy Kliebenstein, Chief 608-330-2287 Eemail@example.com
Director of Public Works: Chad Eggers – 608-763-2261
Sewer Plant Operator: Casey Schaefer – 608-763-2830
Building & Zoning Inspector: Mike Reuter 1-888-596-5387 or 608-348-3627
Property Assessor: Ric Riniker 608-348-7090 or 608-732-7090
Official Newspaper for the Village of Potosi: Herald Independent, Lancaster
24 HOUR PARKING LIMIT
No person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, for a period of more than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours on any street of the Village of Potosi, or any Village parking lot in said Village.
NO PARKING AREAS
No person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon any portion of a street when such street is properly designated by an official “No Parking” sign placed on said street under the direction of the Village Board or by the Chief of Police of said Village. In addition to other areas designated by the Village Board and Chief of Police as no parking areas, there shall be no parking in the following areas:
- Along the west side of the northernmost 210 feet of Jentz Drive
- Along the east side of Jentz Drive
- Along the north side of Taylor Court
- Within the cul-de-sac located at the end of Taylor Court
- No person shall park a motor truck, truck-trailer, trailer, semi-trailer, or any combination thereof, in excess of 10,000 pounds along the east side of Main Street commencing at its intersection with Brewery Hollow Road and continuing North 129 feet.
SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL
RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNER, OCCUPANT, ETC
The owner, occupant or person in charge of each and every building or structure or unoccupied lot in the Village of Potosi fronting or abutting any street shall clean or cause to be cleaned the sidewalk in front of or adjoining each such home, building or unoccupied lot as the case may be of snow or ice to the width of such sidewalk within twenty-four (24) hours and shall cause the same to be kept clear from ice and snow, provided that when the ice has formed on any sidewalk so that it cannot be immediately removed, the persons herein referred to shall keep the same sprinkled with ashes, sawdust or sand. In case any owner or occupant shall fail to clean such sidewalk within the time specified, it shall be the duty of the Village to have the same cleaned; and said Village shall keep an account of such expense against each lot or parcel of ground and shall make a certified report of the same to the Village Clerk of the amount therein charged to each lot or parcel of land, which shall be entered by said Village Clerk on the next tax roll of said Village as a special tax against said premises.
TREE AND WEED REGULATIONS
Trees standing in or upon any public street or place, or upon any lot or land adjacent thereto shall be pruned and trimmed by the owner or owners or occupants of the property on or in front of which such trees are growing so that the lowest branches projecting over the public street or alley will provide a clearance of not less than 14 feet and a clearance of not less than 10 feet over any public place and so that no dead, broken or otherwise hazardous branches shall be likely to fall and do injury to the public. Any tree not trimmed as herein provided shall be deemed hazardous.
No person shall permit weeds or grass to grow to an average height of more than 12 inches in the residential or business districts of the Village. The Village President, or someone on his behalf, shall give a ten (10) day written notice to the owner or occupant of said premises that such weeds and grass have obtained a height of 12 inches and should be cut forthwith. If such owner or occupant fails to cut such grass and weeds, the Village President may order Village employees to enter upon said premises and cut such grass and weeds and may collect the expense thereof by a special assessment against the owner of said premises.
DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS
STATE LECENSE STATUTES ADOPTED. The provisions of Chapter 174, Wis. Stats., pertaining to the licensing of dogs, are made a part of this section by reference.
No person shall own, harbor or keep any dog, cat or other animal, livestock or fowl, or allow such to enter or remain within the Village, which:
- Habitually pursues any vehicles, bicycle or pedestrian upon any public street, alley, highway or sidewalk in the Village.
- While within the Village, assaults or attacks any person, or habitually defaces, injures or damages the property of any person, or discharges excrement upon any public or private property of the owner or keeper, unless such owner or keeper immediately thereafter removes and cleans up such animal’s excrement.
- Runs at large within the limits of the Village. Any such animal shall be deemed to be running at large when it is on or within any of the public streets, alleys, parks or other public grounds of the village, or any other premises in the Village other than on or within the premises or vehicle of its owner, his servant, agent or a member of his family suitable age and discretion.
- Habitually barks or howls to annoyance of any three (3) or more adult persons residing within the Village, or which disturbs the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night.
- While within the Village, and when required by Wisconsin Statute or Village ordinance, is not licensed and to which the proper license tag is not attached.
- Pit Bull Dog
- The pit bull terrier breed of dog
- The Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog
- The American pit bull terrier breed of dog
- The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog
- Dogs of mixed breed or of other breed listed herein whose breed or mixed breed is commonly known as pit bull, pit bull dog or pit bull terrier
Village of Tennyson Board Members as of April 2014
President: Keith Jantzen Trustee: Joe O’Connell
Trustee: Larry Leibfried Trustee: Karla Tobin-Leiser
Trustee: Michael Bailie Clerk/Treasurer: Lynn Yager
Monthly Board Meetings are held at the Tennyson Village Hall the first Monday of the month at 7pm.
Village of Tennyson Hall: 101 Bunker Hill Street, Tennyson WI – 608-763-2912
Village of Tennyson Mailing Address: Lynn Yager, PO Box 172, Potosi, WI 53820
Village of Tennyson Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergencies – Police/Fire/Rescue Squad: 911
Police Department/non emergency (Potosi): Deputy Matt Small 608-723-2157 e-mail PotosiPD@tds.net
Fire Department (Potosi): Chief Ryne Emler 778-2393
Rescue Squad (Potosi): Missy Kleibenstein, chief 608-330-2287
Public Works: Dan Kerkenbush 608-558-5382
Water & Sewer Connection or Disconnection: Lynne Jantzen 608- 763-2312
Building & Zoning Inspector: Mike Reuter 1-888-596-5387/608-348-3627
Electric – Alliant Energy: 1-800-862-6222
Telephone TDS: 1-888-CALL-TDS/1-888-225-5837
Garbage and Recycling Faherty INC.: 608-348-9586, collection every Friday mornings around 7am.
Post Office: Local 608-763-2202, 1-800-Ask-Usps (1-800-275-8777)
Polling location: 101 Bunker Hill Street, Tennyson, WI.