West of the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, the water slides of Wisconsin Dells and the capital city of Madison lies the small town of Platteville, Wis. Near the Iowa border, Platteville is a quaint location with museums, parks and other family-friendly things to see and do.
Platteville, Wis., is home to two historic museums: the Rollo Jamison Museum and the Mining Museum, both of which are located next door to each other. The Rollo Jamison Museum focuses on exhibits of businesses, homes, family life and local history. The Mining Museum, on the other hand, depicts the mining development in the area through models, dioramas, artifacts and photographs. Guided tours of the Bevans Lead Mine are available during business hours. Both museums are open Monday through Friday, November through April.
The Rountree Gallery of Platteville a not-for-profit art gallery run by community members. The Roundtree features the works of both local and regional artists. Permanent and changing exhibits are on display, and many works of art are also available for purchase. There is no admission charge for the Rountree Gallery, which even offers instructional classes.
Climbing the "M"
A popular activity for both locals and tourists in the Platteville area is a climb to the top of the "M." Just outside of Platteville is the Mound View Park. Students of the Mining College built a large climbable letter "M" that is visible from almost everywhere in Platteville. The letter is 241 feet high and 214 feet wide. At various times throughout the year, such as homecoming and local festivals, the large "M" is lit for all to enjoy.
The Platteville community offers an abundance of parks, including Jenor Tower Park, City Park, Valley View Park and Skate Park. Jenor Tower Park offers horseshoe courts, picnic tables and grills. City Park is home to the summer band series and a war memorial. Valley View Park has numerous pieces of playground equipment, basketball courts and t-ball fields, as well as a pool park with a 40-foot slide, lanes and diving boards. For skaters, the Skate Park offers free use of equipment suitable for skateboards, roller blades and BMX bikes.