About This Place
Fort Atkinson is a city in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the Rock River, a few miles upstream from Lake Koshkonong. In 1996, Money Magazine named Fort Atkinson "One of America's Hottest Little Boomtowns." The population was 11,621 at the 2000 census.
Fort Atkinson was named after General Henry Atkinson, the commander of U.S. forces during the Black Hawk War. The city is located at the site of Fort Koshkonong, which was used during that war. A replica of the original 1832 stockade has been built just outside of town, although not at the original site, nor in the original form which was at the confluence of the Rock and Bark Rivers.
Much of the history and natural history of Fort Atkinson and the surrounding area is presented at the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine's Visitor Center. The historical museum has a special Civil War library and exhibit, as well. The museum is named after the Hoard family, who founded the nationally distributed dairy farm magazine, Hoard's Dairyman. The Dairy Shrine portion of the complex portrays the history and significance of the dairy industry.