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Muscoda, Wisconsin
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Coordinates: 43°10′29″N 90°28′20″W / 43.17472°N 90.47222°W / 43.17472; -90.47222Coordinates: 43°10′29″N 90°28′20″W / 43.17472°N 90.47222°W / 43.17472; -90.47222
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Counties Grant, Iowa
Area
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Land 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
725 ft (221 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,299
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,286
 • Density 889.7/sq mi (343.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-55225
GNIS feature ID 1583774

Muscoda is a village in Grant (mostly) and Iowa counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,299 at the 2010 census. Of this, 1,249 were in Grant County, and only 50 were in Iowa County. The Grant County part of the village lies in the town of Muscoda, while the Iowa County portion lies in the town of Pulaski, and is the largest village in the county, and third largest community.

History and culture

Muscoda was originally known as English Prairie, named for two English fur traders, Abraham Lansing and Garrit Roseboom, who opened a post at the close of the French and Indian War. Lansing and his son were murdered in 1763 by their French assistants and the fame of the murder kept the name English Prairie alive until 1840.

The word Muscoda (pronounced "MUS-co-day") may be a corruption of the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word mashkode, meaning "prairie". The name was evidently taken from Longfellow's Hiawatha, in which it is mentioned several times:

"He had struck the deer and bison, On the Muskoday, the meadow"

and

"On the Muskoday, the meadow, On the prairie full of blossoms"

This is most likely how Muscoda earned its name, from the popular meaning of "Prairie of Flowers."

Muscoda has billed itself as the "Wisconsin's Morel Capital" since 1982 and hosts the "Morel Mushroom Festival" every year on the weekend following Mother's Day. The event includes carnival rides, tractors pulls, tournaments, merchant stands, food booths, and portable tattoo parlors.

Geography

Muscoda is located at 43°11′18″N 90°26′26″W / 43.18833°N 90.44056°W / 43.18833; -90.44056 (43.188457, -90.440775), on the Wisconsin River. Large rolling hills board the south of the town covered in mixed hardwoods made up of mainly Maple, Red/White Oak, Aspen, Cherry, Elm, and Walnut. 2,100 acres (8.5 km2) of public land hug both the east and west sides of Muscoda. These public lands hold a great deal of wildlife for sporstmen and wildlife enthusiast alike.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 740
1890 605 −18.2%
1900 743 22.8%
1910 798 7.4%
1920 903 13.2%
1930 900 −0.3%
1940 902 0.2%
1950 1,046 16.0%
1960 927 −11.4%
1970 1,099 18.6%
1980 1,331 21.1%
1990 1,287 −3.3%
2000 1,453 12.9%
2010 1,299 −10.6%
2015 (est.) 1,265 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,299 people, 569 households, and 341 families residing in the village. The population density was 889.7 inhabitants per square mile (343.5/km2). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 440.4 per square mile (170.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 569 households of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the village was 40.4 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

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