Fulton Street Historic District

Along Fulton St., roughly bounded by Main ans Albion Sts.; 11-21 Swift St., Edgerton, Wisconsin


It's NOT a barn in Ohio!

At one time, Edgerton, Wisconsin was known as the "Tobacco Capital of the World." There were over 50 tobacco warehouses here and buyers came from around the world to make their purchases.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2012



National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1999
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Italianate; Modern Movement: Art Deco; et al.
Areas of significance
Commerce; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Specialty store; Financial institution; Restaurant
Current functions
Specialty store; Restaurant
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 27
Non-contributing buildings: 4


Art Deco (1,246)
Brick (42,462)
District (10,533)
Edgerton, Wisconsin (7)
Italianate (5,114)
Modern Movement (2,578)
Private owner (54,398)
Rock County, Wisconsin (133)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)
Wisconsin (2,627)
Wisconsin Tobacco Heritage (5)

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 26, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added New Category "Wisconsin Tobacco Heritage"



Fulton Street Historic District
Posted July 28, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Near as I can tell, Mail Pouch was a brand of the Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company, which was acquired by Helme Tobacco Company in 1983. This sign may have been maintained by Helme before they were acquired by Swisher in 1986, and operations were consolidated in Wheeling, West Virgina.

There is still tobacco being grown in Wisconsin, not much, probably less than 1,000 acres and most of it goes into smokeless products.

(This is all speculation on my part. If anyone knows the story, please share it here.)

Fulton Street Historic District
Posted July 28, 2012, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They normally aren't in that kind of shape. Usually faded or patched over.

Fulton Street Historic District
Posted July 27, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I have more photos to post, but I put that one up right away because I *KNEW* I'd get your attention with it!

For a long time, I knew that tobacco was a major crop in Wisconsin, but I admit, I was surprised when I drove into Edgerton. The Mail Pouch sign was one of the first things I saw.

Fulton Street Historic District
Posted July 27, 2012, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)