Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Stoughton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. It straddles the Yahara River about 20 miles southeast of the capital, Madison. Stoughton is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its estimated population in 2004 was 12,692.[3]

Stoughton is known for its Norwegian heritage: It hosts a citywide celebration of Syttende Mai, the Norwegian constitution day, on the weekend closest to May 17. Its sister city is Gjøvik, Norway. Part of the city's celebration of its Norwegian heritage is the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers dance group, sponsored by Stoughton High School.[4]



Stoughton was founded in 1847 by Luke Stoughton, an Englishman from Vermont. Many Norwegian immigrants settled in the town from 1865 through the early 1900s.[5]

For much of the history of the area, Stoughton has been the second-largest and economically important city in Dane County after Madison. [6]

In 1919, Stoughton Wagon Company began putting custom wagon bodies on Model T chassis;[7] by 1929 Ford was by far the biggest seller of station wagons.

On August 18, 2005, an F3 tornado cut a 10-mile path across rural subdivisions and farms north of Stoughton, killing one person and damaging hundreds of homes.

In June 2010 a third water tower was built. After it was finished, the town's name was painted on either side; on one side the painters mistakenly left out the second T, spelling it 'STOUGHON'. The mistake was corrected soon after at no cost to the city.[8]


A weekly newspaper, the Stoughton Courier-Hub, is published on Thursdays and was founded in 1869.[9][10]

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