In A Nutshell
Benton is a small, friendly community nestled in the beautiful, serene Southwest Wisconsin countryside. It lies in the heart of America’s dairy land, with its gently rolling hills, lazy streams, and fertile soil. Steeped in the rich traditions and culture of the early lead miners, it owes its very existence to the mining industry. While our treasure was initially found in the many lead mines that once dotted the region, Benton’s treasure today lies in its people–people with good, small-town values; people who have a strong, rural work ethic; and people who genuinely care about their neighbors and about their community.
You have an open invitation to come and visit the quiet, safe haven of Benton. Stay a while . . . get to know us. It won’t take long for you to see what makes Benton a very special place–a place we’re proud to call home.
Location and Population
Benton—with a population of 1007—lies in the very southwest corner of Wisconsin, just a stone’s throw from both Iowa and Illinois. This Lafayette County village is bordered on all sides by open land and farm fields. The Fever River meanders past the eastern boundaries of the village and flows to Galena, Illinois, where it empties into the Mississippi.
Your Invitation to Visit
Benton and the surrounding area are filled with interesting things to see and do, and you have an open invitation to visit. The area is steeped in history and fascinating architecture. There are a number of museums both in and around Benton that offer a look into the past. Artisans have set up shop in some of the nearby towns, where there are many boutiques, gift shops, and antique stores to peruse.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this area is for you! The Mississippi River cuts through nearby Dubuque, Iowa, and Galena, Illinois, and offers boating, fishing, and various other water sports. There are a number of excellent golf courses in the surrounding area, from our local nine-hole course right up to 18-hole championship courses. Wildlife is abundant, and this part of the state is a paradise both for hunters and for those who simply enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat. Snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing are among the winter sports enjoyed in the area.
We invite you to experience the splendor of all four seasons here in beautiful Southwestern Wisconsin and to visit points of interest all though the region. Come as often as you like, stay as long as you want—you’re always welcome.