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Boscobel, Wisconsin
City
The historic Boscobel Train Station in the center of the city
The historic Boscobel Train Station in the center of the city
Location of Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin.
Location of Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Grant
Area
 • Total 3.22 sq mi (8.33 km2)
 • Land 3.21 sq mi (8.33 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,231
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,128
 • Density 972.94/sq mi (375.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
53805
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-08850
Website City of Boscobel
BoscobelGAR
Boscobel Grand Army of the Republic Hall
BoscobelHighSchool1900
Boscobel High School as of 1900

Boscobel is a city in Grant County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,231 at the 2010 census. Approximately 0.6 mi. (1 km) to the north of the city, across a riparian swamp, is the Wisconsin River. U.S. Route 61 crosses the Wisconsin River at Boscobel. To the south, the city is bordered by the Town of Boscobel.

Boscobel was the site of a stop along the now defunct Milwaukee Road, and it is still served by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad. It is also the site of the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF), a Wisconsin Department of Corrections prison for men. Businesses include the historic Central House Hotel, the birthplace of Gideons International.

Boscobel calls itself the "wild turkey hunting capital of Wisconsin".

On August 7, 2021, the southern edge of Boscobel was hit by what would eventually become the strongest tornado in Wisconsin in more than a decade, reaching EF3 strength just east of the city.

Geography

Boscobel is located at 43°8′11″N 90°42′15″W / 43.13639°N 90.70417°W / 43.13639; -90.70417 (43.136473, -90.70418), in the Driftless Zone.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.05 square miles (7.90 km2), of which, 3.00 square miles (7.77 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,509
1880 1,428 −5.4%
1890 1,570 9.9%
1900 1,637 4.3%
1910 1,525 −6.8%
1920 1,670 9.5%
1930 1,762 5.5%
1940 2,008 14.0%
1950 2,347 16.9%
1960 2,608 11.1%
1970 2,510 −3.8%
1980 2,662 6.1%
1990 2,706 1.7%
2000 3,047 12.6%
2010 3,231 6.0%
2019 (est.) 3,128 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 3,231 people, 1,195 households, and 727 families living in the city. The population density was 1,077.0 inhabitants per square mile (415.8/km2). There were 1,307 housing units at an average density of 435.7 per square mile (168.2/km2). The racial makup of the city was 90.1% White, 8.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2%.

Of the 1,195 households 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 32.8% of households were one person and 13.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age was 38.1 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.6% male and 45.4% female.

Notable people

  • George Barnett, 12th Commandant of the Marine Corps, grew up in Boscobel.
  • Thomas P.M. Barnett, military geostrategist, grew up in Boscobel.
  • John J. Blaine, a United States Senator and Governor of Wisconsin, died and is buried in Boscobel.
  • John Brindley, jurist and legislator, was born on a farm near Boscobel.
  • Otey Clark, Boston Red Sox pitcher, was born in Boscobel.
  • Benjamin M. Coates, businessman and politician, lived in Boscobel.
  • Jefferson Coates, Medal of Honor recipient, lived in Boscobel.
  • James O. Davidson, Governor of Wisconsin, lived in Boscobel.
  • Samuel Hof, United States Army Major General, Chief of Ordnance from 1930 to 1934., was born in Boscobel.
  • DuWayne Johnsrud, Wisconsin legislator
  • Helmar Lewis, mayor of Boscobel, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Bobby G. Rice, country music singer
  • Ora R. Rice, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, was born in Boscobel.
  • John J. Ruka, Wisconsin State Representative, was born in Boscobel.
  • Ted Snyder, composer, lyricist, and music composer, lived in Boscobel.
  • Elaine Szymoniak, former Iowa State Senator, was born in Boscobel.
  • Charles E. Tuffley, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Boscobel.
  • Nathan C. Twining, United States Admiral, was born in Boscobel.
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