Bartley Runey built the first cabin in the township, in the fall of 1841, and moved his family, consisting of his wife, three boys and four girls, into it in the spring of 1842, near the junction of the mail route from Madison to Janesville and the road from Mineral Point to Milwaukee, known as the “old lead route.”
This pleasant little village of about 500 inhabitants is situated in the midst of a fertile agricultural region, in the southern part of the county, ten miles from the capital city, and is the second station on the Madison division of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.
From the first Tuesday in April, 1846, to the first Tuesday in April, 1847, the territory now constituting the town of Oregon was under the government of the town of Rome, of which it was a part.
The timelines were compiled by Gerald Neath of the OAHS from material published in the Oregon Observer. Monthly timelines provide information from 100, 50, 25, and 10 years ago.
1898 Wisconsin State Journal Article about Oregon, Wisconsin
A Journey Through Oregon’s Past
Wheel Fever is the first book to describe the complex and fascinating history behind the popularity of bicycling in Wisconsin and what was behind Wisconsin’s first bicycling boom.
Early trails, often based on Indian trails, became stagecoach and mail routes. As the lead industry in southwestern Wisconsin expanded in the 1830’s following the Blackhawk War, trails were developed over the highland ridges eastward across to Milwaukee and Racine. Two of these Lead Trails, which passed through our area, influenced the development of our early settlements.
Native Americans were the first settlers in this area. These Woodland Indians, the Winnebago, now use their original name, the Ho Chunk.
Efforts were made in 2009-2011 to prepare an Oregon Community Book. Funding and volunteer support was insufficient to complete the project. However, many interesting Oregon “community stories” were developed for the book project and are worth sharing. View the Contents