The History of Lohrville

Lohrville has a long and rich history beginning with the first settlers to the area during the 1850’s. Many of these settlers arrived to the area from all over the midwest mostly for farming reasons. It wasnt until the discovery of granite in Wisconsin in 1880 near Wassau that people began coming to the area in large numbers for work in the local quarries. The demand for granite was fueled in part by larger cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago, who were using granite to pave streets with “cobble type” stones.

In 1906, the American Granite Company started quarrying operations in what is now Lohrville. The name itself takes after the first president of the American Granite Company, Charles Lohr. Durring these years Lohrville experienced tremendous growth as the quarries brought numerous workers pouring into the area. In April of 1910 the village was officially incorporated. The population at this time is difficult to estimate because the 1910 census had already been conducted before the incorporation of the village. The next census to be taken in 1920 records the village population at 245, but it is believed that because of a general population decline to the area during 1910-1920 the population at the time of incorporation was much higher, possibly 600-700.

The twentienth century brought about many changes to the village and the nearby area. New highway and road construction as well as the loss of the quarries led to a steady population decline within the village. Today the area’s abundant natural scenery and wildlife continue to attract people to the village.