Two women stand in the doorway of 330 (now 224) Fountain Street. Built by Whitney Smith in 1849 and 1850, the center section of the home was of log construction, according to the Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory. Whitney Smith was born in Pennsylvania in 1804; he learned the tanning trade in that state, then emigrated to Illinois in 1836. In 1844 he moved to Mineral Point, first engaging in the mercantile, then the tanning business. He left Mineral Point in 1876 for Chicago, moving to Richland Center in 1878. A notice in the Wisconsin Tribune (Mineral Point) of May 25, 1849 says: "Whitney Smith, Dealer in Merchandise in general. Agent for the sale of Flour, Provisions, Patent Medicines &c &c.". An advertisement in the Mineral Point Weekly Tribune, Jan. 15, 1862, signed by Whitney Smith, states that the Mineral Point Tannery is located on Fountain Street, below Henry Alley. Sources: WI Architecture and History Inventory; History of Crawford and Richland Counties; WI Tribune; Mineral Point Weekly Tribune.
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