♠ The History ♠
This settlement was the
original site of what is now Blue Mounds, WI (2 miles to
the east). After a brutal Indian attack on Pokerville in
1852, the residents who were left alive decided to move
a few structures to a more secure geographical location.
The foot of the Blue Mounds seemed a likely spot. The
town Pokerville got its name from the rowdy crowd that
used to gather after dusk to play cards, drink, and
fight. It was a bustling little community of 500 people
as it was on the most traveled road of the day.
By: Shane Gibbs - Ghosttowns.com
I WONDER WHY... Odd Wisconsin: Pokerville Died When Bypassed by Railroad - (Wisconsin State Journal - Wednesday, May 3, 2006)
Ghost Town Was Birthplace of Governors - (Milwaukee Journal - 1929) - WisconsinHistory.org
Pokerville, The Vanished Village Is Dane County's Earliest Town - (The Wisconsin State Journal: Sunday, December 6, 1925) - WisconsinHistory.org