Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
—  Village  —
Location of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°0′23″N 89°44′3″W / 43.00639°N 89.73417°W / 43.00639; -89.73417Coordinates: 43°0′23″N 89°44′3″W / 43.00639°N 89.73417°W / 43.00639; -89.73417
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dane
 – Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 – Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,243 ft (379 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 7,009
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-54725[2]
GNIS feature ID 1569817[1]

Mount Horeb is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,009 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1990 4,182
2000 5,860 40.1%
2010 7,009 19.6%

As of the census[2] 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.

Notable people

  • William C. Kahl, Wiisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction

Business and industry

Mount Horeb offers several good access points to the Military Ridge State Trail, a 39-mile (63 km) bicycle trail built on a former railroad right-of-way.

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,[3] and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995.[4]

In 2009 the Mustard Museum relocated to Middleton, Wisconsin, where it is now known as the National Mustard Museum.

Mount Horeb has been known by some residents as the "Mustard Capital of the World" as well as the "Troll Capital of the World".[citation needed] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Popular culture

Mount Horeb was the second community featured on the short-lived, four-episode 2005 ABC television show, My Kind of Town.



  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Morning Edition story on the Mustard Museum
  4. ^ Weekend Edition Saturday story on the Mustard Museum
  5. ^ Carlson, Geri L. (2007). I Stand Amazed. Xulon Press. ISBN 1600348742. , p. 145: "Chiropractic legend Dr. C. S. Gonstead"
  6. ^ 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"
  7. ^ 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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