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Term: Kenosha [brief history]

Definition: 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 ]

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Kaiser (historical), Price Co.
Kakalin
Kalinke, Marathon Co.
Kansasville, Racine Co.
Karlsborg [origin of place name]
Katakittekon Lake.
Katakittekon region
Katinka Village, Vilas Co.
Kaukalin, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Kaukauna [brief history]
Kaukauna [origin of place name]
Kaukauna, Outagamie Co.
Kaukauna, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Kawaguesaga-Lake [origin of place name]
Keene, Portage Co.
Keenville, Winnebago Co.
Keeshaynic River, Marquette Co.
Keesus [origin of place name]
Kegonsa (lake) [origin of place name]
Kegonsa, Dane Co.
Keith (historical), Forest Co.
Kekoskee, Dodge Co.
Kekoskee, Village of, Dodge Co.
Kellner, Portage Co.
Kellners Corners, Manitowoc Co.
Kellnersville, Manitowoc Co.
Kellnersville, Village of, Manitowoc Co.
Kelly Brook, Oconto Co.
Kelly, Juneau Co.
Kelly, Marathon Co.
Kelly, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Kemper Hall (Historic Marker Erected 1979)
Kempster, Langlade Co.
Kendall (township) [origin of place name]
Kendall (village) [origin of place name]
Kendall, Monroe Co.
Kendall, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Kendall, Village of, Monroe Co.
Kennan, Price Co.
Kennan, Town of, Price Co.
Kennan, Village of, Price Co.
Kennedy, Price Co.
Kenongamong Lake, Racine Co.
Kenosha County [origin of place name]
Kenosha [brief history]
Kenosha [origin of place name]
Kenosha, Kenosha Co.
Keowns, Washington Co.
Keshena Falls, Menominee Co.
Keshena [origin of place name]
Keshena, Menominee Co.
Keshena, Town of, Shawano Co.
Kewaskum [origin of place name]
Kewaskum, Town of, Washington Co.
Kewaskum, Village of, Washington Co.
Kewaskum, Washington Co.
Kewaunee County [origin of place name]
Kewaunee River
Kewaunee [brief history]
Kewaunee [origin of place name]
Kewaunee, Kewaunee Co.
Kewaunee, Town of, Brown Co.
Kewaunee, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
Keyeser, Columbia Co.
Keyesville, Jefferson Co.
Keyesville, Richland Co.
Keystone, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Kickapoo River
Kickapoo [origin of place name]
Kickapoo, Town of, Vernon Co.
Kiel [brief history]
Kiel, Manitowoc Co.
Kieler, Grant Co.
Kilbourn [origin of place name]
Kilbourntown (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Kilbourntown (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Kilbournville, Racine Co.
Kildare, Town of, Juneau Co.
Kimball, Iron Co.
Kimball, Town of, Iron Co.
Kimberly, Outagamie Co.
Kimberly, Village of, Outagamie Co.
King, Town of, Lincoln Co.
King, Waupaca Co.
Kings Corners [origin of place name]
Kingsbridge, Manitowoc Co.
Kingsley Bend Indian Mounds (Historic Marker Erect
Kingsley Corners, Dane Co.
Kingston [origin of place name]
Kingston, Green Lake Co.
Kingston, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Kingston, Town of, Juneau Co.
Kingston, Town of, Sauk Co.
Kingston, Village of, Green Lake Co.
Kinnickinnic [origin of place name]
Kinnickinnic, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Kinnikinnic, Town of, Milwaukee Co.
Kinnikinnic, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Kinnikinnic, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Kirby, Monroe Co.
Kirchhayn, Washington Co.
Klevenville, Dane Co.
Klondike, Kenosha Co.
Klondike, Oconto Co.
Kloten, Calumet Co.
Knaggs Ferry (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Knapp, Dunn Co.
Knapp, Town of, Jackson Co.
Knapp, Village of, Dunn Co.
Kneeland, Racine Co.
Knellsville, Ozaukee Co.
Knight, Town of, Iron Co.
Knowles, Dodge Co.
Knowlton, Marathon Co.
Knowlton, Town of, Marathon Co.
Knox, Town of, Price Co.
Kodan, Kewaunee Co.
Koepenick, Langlade Co.
Kohler [origin of place name]
Kohler, Ozaukee Co.
Kohler, Sheboygan Co.
Kohler, Village of, Sheboygan Co.
Kohlsville, Washington Co.
Kolb, Brown Co.
Kolberg, Door Co.
Komensky, Town of, Jackson Co.
Korean War (Historic Marker Erected 1990)
Koro, Winnebago Co.
Koshkonong creek, Dane Co.
Koshkonong Manor, Jefferson Co.
Koshkonong Mounds, Jefferson Co.
Koshkonong [origin of place name]
Koshkonong, Jefferson Co.
Koshkonong, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Kossuth [origin of place name]
Kossuth, Town of, Columbia Co.
Kossuth, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Kossuth, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Krakow, Shawano Co.
Kreinersville [origin of place name]
Kremlin, Marinette Co.
Kroghville, Jefferson Co.
Krok, Kewaunee Co.
Krok, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
Kronenwetter (historical), Town of, Marathon Co.
Kronenwetter [origin of place name]
Kronenwetter, Marathon Co.
Kronenwetter, Town of, Marathon Co.
Kronenwetter, Village of, Marathon Co.
Kruger [origin of place name]
Kunesh, Brown Co.
Kurth (historical), Clark Co.

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