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Term: Fort Howard, Brown Co.


Ft. Howard, 1842 WHI-3773

1) an American military post built in 1816, on the west bank of Fox River at Green Bay, occupied until 1852; view more information on our Web page about Wisconsin forts at

2) a community in the same location. Description from John W. Hunt's 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer: "FORT HOWARD, Village, is situated on the west side of the Fox river, near its mouth, opposite to the old town of Green Bay. The site of the village of Fort Howard was purchased and surveyed into village lots by Joel S. Fisk and the Hon. Uriah H. Peak, in the spring of 1850, since which there has been a rapid growth and settlement of the place, and it bids fair to become one of considerable commercial importance. It derived its name from being situated immediately in the vicinity of Old Fort Howard, a military post of considerable notoriety. The village contains some four or five hundred inhabitants; it has several stores, three public houses, a large foundry and machine shop which gives employment to some thirty or forty workmen; there is also in the course of erection two steam sawmills, together with shops for various mechanical purposes. The soil on which the village is located is alluvial, on a clay subsoil, and is well adapted to gardening and the growth of fruit trees and shrubs; it possesses a back country of very considerable extent, which is rapidly filling up with an intelligent, industrious and go-a-head population; and although the pioneer settler is under the necessity of undergoing the fatigue and labor incident to the settlement and clearing up of a heavy timbered country, yet when it is brought under a state of proper cultivation it will not be surpassed by any section of the state in fertility of soil, and all the other appendages which make a country desirable for farming purposes."

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

Green Bay and Fort Howard (at right), 1867 WHI-11416

[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986).]

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Fallen Timbers, Battle of
Falling Waters, Battle of
fallowing (farming)
Falls of St. Anthony
false front or boomtown (architecture)
fantail (maritime)
Fantus Report
farina (farming)
Farmers' Guards (Civil War)
fastening (maritime)
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federal (architecture)
Federal Guards (Civil War)
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fetch (maritime)
fetlock (farming)
fettle, fettling (railroads)
fieldstone (architecture)
Finagle (Civil War)
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fireman (railroads)
fires in Wisconsin
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fish fry (food)
fishing industry in Wisconsin
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floods in Wisconsin
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Folsom culture (archaeology)
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forage (Civil War)
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forecastle (maritime)
forest fires in Wisconsin
forest products
Forest Union Rifles (Civil War)
Fort Armstrong
Fort Blue Mounds
Fort Catarokouy
Fort Crawford
Fort Crevecoeur
Fort Dearborn
Fort Duquesne
Fort Edward Augustus
Fort Frontenac
Fort Hamilton
Fort Howard, Brown Co.
Fort Kaministiquia
Fort La Baye
Fort LeSueur
Fort Mackinac
Fort McCoy
Fort Michilimackinac
Fort Orange
Fort Perrot
Fort Piankeshaw
Fort Pitt
Fort Shelby
Fort Snelling
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Fort St. Nicolas
Fort Wayne
Fort Winnebago
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Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company
Fox and Wisconsin River Improvement Company
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Fox Wars (ca. 1710-1740)
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frametops (maritime)
Frank Holton Company
Fredericksburg, Battle of
Free Soil Party
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Fremont Guards (Civil War)
Fremont Rifles (Civil War)
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Fugitive Slave Act
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