Danetown to be recognized Friday

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Although its official name is argued by local historians, the old mining town of Danetown will be commemorated with a plaque Friday morning. That plaque, which has already been installed near the intersection of McCourtney and Fleming Roads, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday by members of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Lincoln Area Archives-Museum and E Clampus Vitus. “Its’ official name was Daneville but it was known as Danetown,” said Jerry Logan, a Lincoln Area Archives-Museum founding member. Logan said Danetown was settled in the 1840s by Danish and German settlers. “It became a town in 1858 when a store was built there,” Logan said. Logan said no more than 100 people settled in Danetown and the settlers were there to mine gold. A school was built there in 1875 and closed in 1919. While the school was open, Logan said it was the “social center” of Danetown. At one point, there was also a race track and a farm that raised chickens and sheep. Logan said the plaque is being installed “to designate that there was something important there in the past.” “I think it’s like a history book sitting out on the road, and could get people interested to do more research,” said Wes Freeman, another Lincoln Area Archives-Museum founding member. Know and Go: What: Danetown Dedication When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: Intersection of Fleming and McCourtney Roads