Middleton traces its beginnings to an 1832 fur trading post along the northern shore of Lake Mendota near what is now Mendota County Park. The Township of Middleton was created in 1848 and about a decade later, in 1856, the much-coveted railroad arrived, establishing Middleton as a hub of activity for the area. The current depot was built in 1895 and serves as the Middleton Tourism and Visitors Center, located on Parmenter Street downtown.

Middleton incorporated as a village in 1905 and became a city in 1963. Today the city retains its beautiful historic charm and celebrates its landmarks. For more history and photos of Middleton, check out the Middleton Historical Society and Rowley Museum.

See history up close

Visit our this page to download a PDF printable map to Middleton’s Landmarks Tour.
Visit our this page to download a PDF printable map to Middleton’s Historic Walking Tour.

5 Reasons it's stronger here.
1. Middleton’s Native American history is found throughout the city, from Pheasant Branch Conservancy to where Blackhawk camped in 1832 to Heim Mound.
2. Not only is the Middleton Visitors Center a great place to get tips on the best places to eat and shop, it’s also a historic train depot and museum!
3. Our historic walking tour will guide you through Middleton’s fascinating past.
4. One of Middleton’s first inns, dating back to the mid-19th century, is now the acclaimed restaurant, 1847 at the Stamm House.
5. Middleton is home to many historic landmarks, including beautiful homes, businesses and schools.

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