Incorporated April 18, 1891
★ The Janesville Daily Gazette reported an ice gorge formed on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul tracks near Gratiot in March 1891, backing up the water on the track to a depth of 14 inches and causing “no end of trouble” for engineers. Not high enough to put out the engine’s fire, the water did reach as high as the ash pan.
★ In its heyday, the Gratiot Depot was a major junction for four area rail lines, equipped with water and coaling towers essential for refueling locomotives. The depot’s significance declined when the Shullsburg branch was closed in the mid-1950s.
★ With only $4.00 to his name, Pennsylvania-born farmer John Thompson arrived in Gratiot in 1837. He built a log cabin that served him while he improved his homestead to 340 acres, a 50x50 barn, a bank stable, and a good house.
Gratiot is located in Lafayette County.
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