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Lodi
City
Downtown Lodi on WIS 113
Downtown Lodi on WIS 113
Nickname(s): 
Home of Susie the Duck
Location of Lodi in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
Location of Lodi in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
Lodi is located in Wisconsin
Lodi
Lodi
Location in Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Columbia
Founded 1846
Area
 • Total 1.73 sq mi (4.48 km2)
 • Land 1.73 sq mi (4.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,189
 • Estimate 
(2021)
3,144
 • Density 1,789.35/sq mi (690.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-45350
Website [1]

Lodi ( LOH-dye) is a city in Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,189 at the 2020 census. Lodi is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Isaac Palmer founded the village of Lodi in 1846 in what was then the Pleasant Valley Precinct of the Wisconsin Territory. He named it after Lodi, in Italy. Palmer chose this glaciated valley as the location for the village because of its water power potential. Spring Creek powered a sawmill that year and a grist mill followed in 1850.

Historic places

  • Lodi School Hillside Improvement Site

Geography

Lodi is located at 43°18′51″N 89°31′51″W / 43.31417°N 89.53083°W / 43.31417; -89.53083 (43.314296, −89.530994).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.77 square miles (4.58 km2), all of it land.

Spring Creek, which runs from the Lodi marsh through downtown Lodi and empties into Lake Wisconsin, is a local spring-fed brown trout stream. Portions of the creek do not freeze over the winter and thus serve as host to brown trout and waterfowl, particularly mallards. Lodi has adopted a Spring Creek resident mallard, which the residents have named "Susie the Duck", as a mascot.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 725
1880 723 −0.3%
1890 736 1.8%
1900 1,068 45.1%
1910 1,044 −2.2%
1920 1,077 3.2%
1930 1,065 −1.1%
1940 1,116 4.8%
1950 1,416 26.9%
1960 1,620 14.4%
1970 1,831 13.0%
1980 1,959 7.0%
1990 2,093 6.8%
2000 2,882 37.7%
2010 3,050 5.8%
2020 3,148 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,050 people, 1,224 households, and 796 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,723.2 inhabitants per square mile (665.3/km2). There were 1,272 housing units at an average density of 718.6 per square mile (277.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 1,224 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Susie the Duck

Susie the Duck has been the town's official mascot since 1948. On Wisconsin Highway 113 in downtown Lodi is a small creek-side park where visitors can buy dried corn from vending machines to feed the wild ducks. In this area is a small stone basket, inscribed with the name of former Lodi resident Engle Knerzer, and every year a duck builds a nest there. When the first mallard settled in that location in 1948, it was nicknamed "Susie" by the granddaughter of the police chief.

There is an annual "Susie the Duck Day" celebration, the highlight of which is the rubber duck race. Participants pay a fee for a small rubber duck. The thousands of ducks are then dumped into the creek where they "race" toward a finish line and prizes are awarded based on order of finish. The day's celebrations also include a parade, activities in Goeres Park, brat stands on Main Street and in Goeres Park, and a beer garden in the park.

Recreation

Lodi Agricultural Fair

Lodi is one of three cities in Wisconsin to have its own fair. This free fair begins on the first Thursday of July and runs through Sunday. Exhibits include livestock judging, school artwork, baking contests, and local organization display booths. There are carnival rides and games. Attractions include tractor pulls, a demolition derby, a live music beer garden, and a high school alumni softball tournament. In 2015, the Lodi Agricultural Fair marked its 150th anniversary, which was celebrated by adding an additional day onto the event.

Ice Age Trail

A portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail runs through Lodi. Lodi's chapter of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation maintains an office in downtown Lodi, with access to the trail several hundred yards away. The longest section of the trail in the area is about 6.2 miles. It begins at the Robertson Trailhead, south of Lodi on Lodi-Springfield Road off of Hwy. 60 West. Several other segments of the trail are located in or near Lodi, including a 1.3-mile segment on the corner of Lovering and Highway J and a 21-mile section north of the Colsac III Ferry on Lake Wisconsin.

Transportation

Major highways

Airport

The Lodi Lakeland Airport (FAA ID 9WN5) is a publicly owned general aviation airport 1-mile (1.6 km) north of the city center. The airport is owned by the town of Lodi and operated by a local organization.

Railroad

A Wisconsin and Southern (reporting mark WSOR) railroad line runs through town en route north to Baraboo and Reedsburg and south to Dane, Waunakee, and Madison.

This section of railroad was formerly the CNW mainline, reached Lodi in 1872 and was fully completed in 1873, and linked Milwaukee and Fond Du Lac, with intercity travel provided in the towns in between by C&NW. Two sets of tracks were originally built, although only one remains today in most locations along this line. It was then briefly owned by Union Pacific Railroad after it merged with CNW in 1995, and a lease was signed in 1996 by Wisconsin and Southern for rights to this trackage included in a Madison-area ex-C&NW trackage deal. The line now runs through Lodi from Madison to Reedsburg, and trains that run along it are recognized as L463. Ex-Union Pacific and ex-Burlington Northern units that now belong to WSOR still occasionally run in the area, although most have been repainted.

During the line's early days, Lodi had a depot where trains could refill with water, fuel, receive and deport cargo and passengers, and send telegraphs. The depot and adjacent feed mill have long been demolished, but its foundation and platform still remains between the Church Street grade crossing and the Sauk Street grade crossing, and a barren lot remains where they once stood. The Lodi Canning Company is still capable of cargo shipments consisting mainly of canned vegetables and plant products. The plant's siding has been seen storing track maintenance equipment such as tamping machines and rolling stock.

Notable people

  • Arnie F. Betts, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Lodi
  • William G. Bissell, Wisconsin State Senator, lived in Lodi.
  • Robert Caldwell, Wisconsin state legislator, was president of the village of Lodi.
  • Joseph Detmer, athlete, lived in Lodi.
  • William S. Dwinnell, former Minnesota State Senator, was born in Lodi.
  • Harold Groves, Wisconsin State legislator, was born in Lodi.
  • William P. Groves, Wisconsin State Representative, was born in Lodi.
  • Scott McCallum, former Governor of Wisconsin, lives in Lodi.
  • Albert O'Connor, Medal of Honor recipient, lived in Lodi.
  • Wesley L. Packard, former Wisconsin State Representative, was Mayor of Lodi.
  • Keith Ripp, Wisconsin state legislator, lives in Lodi.
  • Tracy Sachtjen, Olympic athlete, world champion curler, lives in Lodi.
  • Tom Wopat, actor from The Dukes of Hazzard, was born in Lodi.

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