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Henry Gratiot and Early Lead Mining

Visit Badger Mine and Museum to learn more about Henry Gratiot and the important contributions he and his family made to the expansion and development of this land.

Belonging to an important St. Louis family of the 19th century, Henry Gratiot, left a life of luxury answering an inner call to explore the untamed territory of Wisconsin. Joining him were his young wife, five children and black servants. Wanderlust ran deep in his family as two previous generations crossed the ocean from Europe to explore America. Come visit us at Badger Mine and Museum to learn more about Gratiot and the important contributions he and his family made to the expansion and development of this land. Their curiosity, bravery and sacrifice need to be remembered