Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Kenosha [brief history]
Kenosha is located in Kenosha County in southeastern Wisconsin at the mouth of the Pike River on the shore of Lake Michigan. The Potawatomi Indians had lived in the area for centuries before white settlement, but where forced to cede their land to the U.S. government in 1833. The many burial mounds that remain serve as reminders of the region's antiquity.
In 1835, John Bullen established a settlement at modern-day Kenosha at the behest of the New York-based Western Emigration Company. The community was originally called Southport, but became Kenosha in 1850 when it broke off from Racine County. The first mayor was Michael Frank, who had also served as a newspaper editor, territorial legislator, and the architect of Wisconsin's free public school systems.
Kenosha's advantageous position on Lake Michigan, with its harbor, connection to plank roads, and location along rail lines connecting Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Chicago nourished manufacturing in the city in the 19th century.
At the turn of the 20th century, Italian, Danish, German, Polish, and Irish immigrants established solid communities in Kenosha. Their work in local factories made the city well known for the production of brass and iron beds and other metal furniture, leather, wagons, and automobiles, which served as the mainstay of the local economy through much of the 20th century.
Notable Kenosha residents include 19th century governors William Barstow (1853-1855) and Louis P. Harvey (1862); U.S. Congressmen (1849-1853) and Senator Charles Durkee (1855-1861); and Christopher Latham Sholes (1816-1867), inventor of the typewriter. The last public execution in Wisconsin also occurred in Kenosha when John McCaffery was hanged for drowning his wife in 1851; his execution ignited the successful movement to outlaw capital punishment in the state.
[Source: WHS Library-Archives staff, 2009
172 records found
1888 Bohemian Schoolhouse (Historic Marker)
Abert, George 1817 - 1890
Ameche, Don 1908 - 1993
Bacon, Edward Payson 1834 - 1916
Barron, Henry Danforth 1833 - 1882
Bashford, Coles 1816 - 1878
Bay View Rolling Mill (Historic Marker Erected 198
Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin (Historic Marker E
Bluffton, Marquette Co.
branch line (railroads)
Brandemuehl, David A. 1931
Breske, Roger M. 1938
broad gauge (railroads)
Brookfield [brief history]
Browne, Edward L. 1830 - 1925
Buffalo City [brief history]
Burnham, George 1816 - 1889
Burnham, Jonathan Levi 1818 - 1891
Carhart, John W. 1834 - 1914
Carpenter, Matthew Hale [B. "Carpenter","Decatur M
Civil War: 29th Infantry
Civil War: 43rd Infantry
Civil War: home front
Colby, Gardner 1810 - 1879
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Cooper, Henry Allen 1850 - 1931
Crocker, Hans 1815 - 1889
Cross, James B. 1819 - 1876
Davidson, James Henry 1858 - 1918
De Pere [brief history]
dead man's handle (railroads)
Dheinsville Settlement (Historic Marker Erected 19
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Eldred, Anson 1820 - 1895
Esch, John Jacob 1861 - 1941
express train (railroads)
fettle, fettling (railroads)
First Rural Zoning Ordinance (Historic Marker Erec
floods in Wisconsin
flying junction (railroads)
Fond du Lac [brief history]
Foster, Nathaniel Caldwell 1834 - 1923
gandy dancer (railroads)
Garland, Hamlin 1860 - 1940
Good Roads Movement
grab bar (railroads)
Green Bay [brief history]
Guppey, Gen. Joshua J. (1820-1893)
Hasenohrl, Donald W. 1935
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Hayward [brief history]
Highway Marking (Historic Marker Erected 1956)
Hirst, Arthur Roscoe 1881 - 1932
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Holton, Edward Dwight 1815 - 1892
hotels in Wisconsin
island platform (railroads)
Janesville, Rock Co.
Jefferson, Jefferson Co.
Johnstown Center, Rock Co.
Jones, Burr W. 1846 - 1935
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Keep, Albert 1826 - 1907
Kenosha [brief history]
Keyes, Elisha Williams 1828 - 1910
Kilbourn, Byron 1801 - 1870
Kincaid, Lloyd H. 1925
Kneeland, Moses 1809 - 1864
La Crosse [brief history]
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
Lasee, Alan J. 1937
Lawe, George William 1810 - 1895
Lawler, John 1832 - 1891
level junction (railroads)
Lime industry in Wisconsin
local train (railroads)
Ludington, Harrison 1812 - 1891
Mack, John Givan Davis 1867 - 1924
Madison, Dane Co.
Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co.
Mapes, David Parshall 1798 - 1890
Marin, Paul, 1692-1753
Mcdougal, Milton 1917
meat packing industry
Miller, Roswell 1843 - 1913
Mohrsville [origin of place name]
narrow gauge (railroads)
North Freedom [origin of place name]
Omro, Winnebago Co.
per diem (railroads)
Pewaukee [brief history]
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
Plache, Kimberly M. 1961
Potter Law (1874)
Price, William Thompson 1824 - 1886
Putnam, Henry Cleveland 1832 - 1912
quarrying industry in Wisconsin
Racine [brief history]
Racine, Racine Co.
railroads in Wisconsin
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Rest Areas on the I-Roads (Historic Marker Erected
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Road gang (logging)
road monkey (logging)
roads in Wisconsin (early)
roads in Wisconsin (modern)
rolling stock (railroads)
Rustic Road (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Sanders, Col. Horace T. (1820-1865)
Shaw, Daniel 1813 - 1881
Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co.
standard gauge (railroads)
Stevens Point [brief history]
Stone, Jeff 1961
Taylor, William Robert 1820 - 1909
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
The "Dinky" (Historic Marker Erected 1989)
The Point of Beginning (Historic Marker Erected 19
The Saukville Trails (Historic Marker Erected 1998
The Upper Mississippi (Historic Marker Erected 198
Thompsonville, Racine Co.
through platform (railroads)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Van Hise Rock (Historic Marker Erected 1997)
Vanderperren, Cletus 1912
Village of Cooksville (Historic Marker Erected 199
Washburn, Gov. Cadwallader Colden (1818-1882)
Watertown, Jefferson Co.
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Co.
way car (railroads)
WPA (in Wisconsin)