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Cross Plains is located in southern Wisconsin, about 7 miles west of Middleton, and approximately 12 miles west of Madison. It is a 10-minute ride from Cross Plains to the Beltline (U.S. Highways 12/14). The Village of Cross Plains is nestled in the northwestern section of Dane County. Cross Plains is part of the region along the Gateway to Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, an untouched by glaciers. This beautiful sculpted topography hosts some of the most scenic and choice recreation areas. We are a great destination for hiking, biking & fishing.  We invite you to experience all Cross Plains has to offer from great local businesses to excellent recreational opportunities! 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Administration there are 3,842 people who call the Village of Cross Plains home! The U.S. Census estimates that there are 1,564 households and 1,095 families residing in the village as of 2014. The median household income is $74,104 and the village has a poverty rate of 3.8 percent. Approximately 98 percent of residents are white. The median age for village residents is 38.6 years old, while 26.7 percent of residents are under age 18 and 10.1 percent are over the age of 65.

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains 13 parks with approximately 63 acres of open space, which include amenities such as: baseball, football and soccer fields, basketball, pickleball, and tennis courts, swimming pool, outdoor skating rinks, playground equipment, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and a World Class Trout Stream, the Black Earth Creek. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 160 acres of conservancy land with roughly 25 miles of community and regional trails, including the Ice Age Trail. The department also provides two seasonal activity guides, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter full of program offerings for all ages!

Cross Plains is situated on what was once a rich, well-watered prairie surrounded by bluffs, and abundant in wildlife.  In its beginnings two military roads and a railroad crossed on this grassy plain; one from Galena to Fort Winnebago, and the other from Prairie du Chien to Green Bay, and the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul railway.  Three villages grew up around this crossing.  The first was Cross Plains, platted by the Baer Brother’s around 1850 in the area around St. Francis Catholic Church.  In 1856 P.L. Mohr platted a second village named for his wife Christina, in what is now the eastern part of town.  Foxville was platted in 1857 by Abijah Fox in what is now the western part of the village, around where he had built the railroad depot the year prior.  By 1880, early industry in the three communities consisted of mills, blacksmiths, grocers and general stores, lumber yards, wagon makers and harness shops, and multiple saloons, among others.  Saemen Lumber Co. was founded in Foxville by Louis Saeman in 1876, and today is the oldest continuously operated family business in town.  St. Martin’s Lutheran Church was erected on Brewery St. in Cristina in 1886, and though it no longer houses the congregation, the original building can still be seen there today.  H.M. Zander built his creamery and general store in Foxville in 1906, and in 1907 the State Bank of Cross Plains was incorporated next door as the Village’s first bank.  By 1920 the three communities were incorporated together as the village of Cross Plains. [1]   The means by which the Village of Cross Plains came to occupy the geographic footprint it does today is an important concept to remember when assessing today’s market. What we know from our history is that we have a village that grew up along road ways and railroads, which spread us out, and also generated from three separate original communities, leaving us with three separate and distinct commercial areas.
[1] Village of Cross Plains Community Resources Under the Direction of UW-Dane County Extension - 1987

Village of Cross Plains
2417 Brewery Road, PO Box 97
Cross Plains, WI 53528
(608) 798-3241
(608) 798-3817 fax

Gas & Electric Service – Madison Gas & Electric 608-252-7222
Phone service -  TDS 608-831-1000
Local newspaper, The News Sickle Arrow, is distributed each Thursday.  608-767-3655
Water-Sewer service call the Village office at 608-798-3241
Mail service call the post office at 608-798-1462

To ensure your safety, Cross Plains has a well-staffed Police Department and dedicated volunteer Fire Department & Emergency Medical Service (EMS).  The Village takes pride in keeping Cross Plains a clean and safe community for its residents and businesses.
Cross Plains Fire Department - (608) 798-2220
Cross Plains Area EMS - (608) 798-2720
Cross Plains (Non Emergency) Police or Municipal Court 608-798-4100

Yard Waste and Branch Pick Up
Blowing grass, leaves and other yard waste is detrimental to the environment and can end up draining into the creek. Alternatively yard waste can be brought to the Public Facilities gar-age, located at 1255 Bourbon Road. The dump site is located at the West side of the building. The Village will collect branches the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Branches must be set out to the curb of the residence. To have your address added to the biweekly list, please call Village Hall at 798-3241.

Click here for a listing of commercial property.

Click here for a listing of rental properties in Cross Plains.

Click here for the Cross Plains Market Analysis Summary Section. 

Click here for the Executive Summary of the Village of Cross Plains Strategic Planning Process.

Click here for information on Tax Incremental Financing in our Village.

Click here for a link to the Department of Revenue Tax Incremental Financing information.

Click here for a link to Village of Cross Plains Community Development Information