Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
|Mount Horeb, Wisconsin|
Mt. Horeb Opera Block on Main Street.
Location in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin.
|• Total||3.25 sq mi (8.42 km2)|
|• Land||3.25 sq mi (8.42 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,243 ft (379 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,294|
|• Density||2,156.6/sq mi (832.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1569817|
A post office called Mount Horeb has been in operation since 1861. The village was named after Mount Horeb, the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments, according to the Hebrew Bible.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,011 people, 2,696 households, and 1,878 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,156.6 inhabitants per square mile (832.7/km2). There were 2,826 housing units at an average density of 869.5 per square mile (335.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.0% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.
There were 2,696 households of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.
The median age in the village was 35.5 years. 29.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,860 people, 2,228 households, and 1,544 families residing in the village. As of 2010 there are 7,009 people. The population density (in 2000) was 2,011.5 people per square mile (777.5/km2). There were 2,305 housing units at an average density of 791.2 per square mile (305.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.28% White, 0.22% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population. 33.0% were of German, 22.6% Norwegian, 10.7% Irish, 5.8% English and 5.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,228 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the village the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $55,513, and the median income for a family was $63,234. Males had a median income of $40,850 versus $27,391 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,359. About 0.8% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Herman Dahle, member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin
- Carl M. Grimstad, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Edmund Hillestad, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
- William C. Kahl, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Clarence Gonstead, chiropractor at the Gonstead clinic
Business and industry
Mount Horeb was once home to the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, a light-hearted museum with an approximately equal amount of floor space devoted to exhibits and to its museum store. The store has hundreds of varieties of mustard that can be sampled before purchase. The museum exhibits a large collection of unusual mustards and antique mustard jars. In 2002 the museum was showcased on the Food Network television series Unwrapped. The museum and its curator have also been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition broadcast of July 29, 2010, and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995.
Mount Horeb has been known by some residents as the "Mustard Capital of the World" as well as the "Troll Capital of the World". The Chamber of Commerce calls the main street the "Trollway," and troll statues and themes decorate many area businesses. This reflects Mount Horeb's largely Norwegian heritage.
Mount Horeb is home to the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic, originally founded in 1939 by Dr. C.S. Gonstead. Gonstead developed the widely used Gonstead chiropractic technique for spinal adjustment. With the completion in 1964 of a 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) building on Route 151, and the adjoining Karakahl Inn, it became a nationally recognized chiropractic center. It gradually declined in importance after the 1978 death of its founder, and the buildings are currently deteriorating and the target of a preservation effort.
Mount Horeb serves as the setting in the mystery novel Myth and Murder by M.A. Stenner.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Dane County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 105.
- Morning Edition story on the Mustard Museum
- Weekend Edition Saturday story on the Mustard Museum
- Carlson, Geri L. (2007). I Stand Amazed. Xulon Press. ISBN 1-60034-874-2., p. 145: "Chiropractic legend Dr. C. S. Gonstead"
- Koch, William H. (1995). Chiropractic: The Superior Alternative. Bayeux Arts. ISBN 1-896209-22-X., p. 138: "the world-famous Gonstead Chiropractic Clinic in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin"
- Matthew J. Amman, DC (2007-09-20). "Preserving the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic - A Case of National Support". Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
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