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Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - C. M. & St. P. Depot, Beloit, Wis.

Beloit, Rock, WI

Twelve men in Colebrook, New Hampshire created the "New England Emigrating Company" in October 1836 and sent Dr. Horace White to find a suitable region of Wisconsin in which to settle. The level fields and the water power of Turtle Creek and the "unlimited gravel" in the area around what is now Beloit fixed the site of the intended village and farms. White purchased the land. At the same time as the Colebrook settlers, six families from Bedford, New Hampshire arrived and settled in the region. They said that the Rock River Valley had a "New England look", which made them feel at home. The village was platted in 1838 and was planned with wide streets which built on the New England model.

Beloit was originally named New Albany (after Albany, Vermont) in 1837 by its founder, Caleb Blodgett. The name was changed to Beloit in 1838. The name Beloit was coined to be reminiscent of Detroit.

Beloit lays claim to such inventions as the speedometer, Korn Kurls, which resemble Cheetos, are credited with the founding of the snack food industry.

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C. M. & St. P. Depot, Beloit, Wis.
Beloit, Wisconsin, USA

C. M. & St. P. Depot, Beloit, Wis.
Y.M.C.A. Building, Beloit, Wis.
Beloit, Wisconsin, USA

Y.M.C.A. Building, Beloit, Wis.
Beloit Hospital, Beloit, Wis.
Beloit, Wisconsin, USA

Beloit Hospital, Beloit, Wis.

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1893 - Fatally Burned.
BELOIT, Wis., June 12. - Miss Maggie Pollard was fatally burned by a gasoline fire which she accidentally started while lighting a gasoline stove. There was some gasoline in a pan near the stove and she threw the match in it.
Daily Citizen
Iowa City, Iowa
June 12, 1893
1895 - Beloit
Beloit, a city of Rock co., Wis., is situated on both sides of Rock River, at the mouth of Turtle Creek, and " the Chièago & Northwestern Railroad where it crosses the southern boundary of Wisconsin. It is 90 miles W.N.W." Chicago, 12 miles S. of Janesville, and 48 miles S.S.R." Madison. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail" extends from Beloit to Racine on one hand, and to Fre: port, Ill., on the other. Beloit is built on high ground with wide and straight streets, which are bordered with numerous shade-trees. It contains 12 churches, some of which are handsome edifices, a high school, 2 national banks, several paper-mills, 2 manufactories of reaping- and mowing-machines, and machine-shops. It is the seat of Beloit College, which was founded in 1847 and which has about 350 students and a library of 17,000 volumes. The students edit a periodical entitled the "College Monthly". Two daily and weekly newspapers are published here. The prosperity of Beloit is mainly derived from its... Read MORE...

Lipman's dry goods store at Beloit, Wis., was robbed of $2,000 worth of silks and furs.

The Clinton Mirror
Clinton, Iowa
August 24, 1907
Beloit, a city of Rock CO., Wis., is situated on both sides of Rock River, at the mouth of Turtle Creek and on the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rs., 90 miles WNW. of Chicago. Beloit is built on high ground, with wide and straight streets, which are bordered with numerous shade-trees. It has important manufactures of reaping- and mowing-machines and other farming-implements, paper, windmills, water-wheels, wagons, scales, pumps, gasoline-engines, etc It is the seat of Beloit College, which was founded in 1847 and which has about 450 students and an extensive library. Pop. in 1890, 6315 ; in 1900, 10,436. Lat. of observatory, 421* 30' 9" N. ; Lon. 89° 1' 51" W.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
BELOIT, Wis., (AP) - Fire swept through the main plant of an ice cream manufacturing plant late Wednesday night causing damage estimated by a company official at $500,000.

The two story brick structure housing the Taylor Freezer Corp. near the downtown district was completely destroyed.
The Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla, Washington
September 8, 1949
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Beloit:
Beloit College Campus:

Take a stroll through the picturesque Beloit College campus. The college grounds are not only beautiful but also home to various events and cultural activities.

Pearl Lake:

If you're into outdoor activities, Pearl Lake is a great spot for fishing, boating, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty. There are also picnic areas where you can relax with friends and family.

Beloit Snappers Baseball:

Catch a game at Pohlman Field and cheer on the Beloit Snappers, the local minor league baseball team. It's a fun way to spend an evening with friends or family.

Wright Museum of Art:

Explore the Wright Museum of Art located on the Beloit College campus. It houses a diverse collection of artworks and often features exhibitions from local and international artists.

Beckman Mill County Park:

Discover the historic Beckman Mill, a beautifully preserved grist mill. The park surrounding the mill offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and a chance to learn... Read MORE...

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