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Term: Racine, Racine Co.

Definition:

A community in Racine Co. at latitude 424334N and longitude 0874658W; county seat of Racine Co.
Description from John W. Hunt's 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer:

"RACINE, City, is situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of Root river, and comprises fractional sections 9 and 16 of town 3 N., of range 23 E. It was first settled in 1835, incorporated as a village in 1841, and received a city charter in 1848. The city is principally built upon a plain or table land elevated some thirty or forty feet above the waters of the lake, forming a beautiful site for a city. It is laid out in regular lots and blocks with wide streets, and is justly entitled to the appellation of "La Belle City of the Lakes." It is the county town of Racine county, situated 16 miles north of the State line, and 25 south of Milwaukee. Its beautiful and healthful location, combined with its commercial advantages, early attracted the attention of adventurers and capitalists; and it has had a rapid, continuous, and healthy growth, as will be seen by the following statement of annual enumeration of its inhabitants: In 1840 the population was 337; 1844, 1,100; 1847, 3,004; 1849, 4,002; 1850, 5,111; 1851, 5,897; and it is now supposed to be nearly 7,000. Racine has one of the best, if not the very best harbor on the western shore of the lake. Over $60,000 have been expended in its construction by the citizens, of their own means, raised by voluntary taxation. This enterprize is justly considered one of the most important ever projected and carried out to a successful completion by so small a community, and furnishes a fair index to the character of her population for enterprize. In addition to the amount raised by this means, Congress has appropriated $12,500, which has been expended, and $10,000 are now appropriated to be expended the present season. The harbor is now sufficient to accommodate the entire shipping of the lake, and being protected by the high banks of the river is entirely safe. The city of Racine is also distinguished among western towns for the number and beauty of its public buildings. Over $125,000 are now invested in them. Fourteen churches have been erected, to wit: 1 Presbyterian, 1 Congregational, 1 Baptist, 1 Freewill Baptist, 1 Episcopal, 1 Methodist, 1 Lutheran, 2 Welch, 1 German Evangelical, 1 German Lutheran, 1 Universalist, 2 Catholic,1 German and 1 Irish. Racine college, an Episcopal institution, is located at this point. The facilities afforded by the harbor and other commercial advantages of the place, have attracted a large amount of capital. There are ten warehouses in the city valued at $53,000, and two bridge piers valued at $7,000. Three shipyards are constantly employed in the building and repairing of vessels, and five new vessels are now being built in them. The citizens of the city own in whole, or in part, between thirty and forty different vessels, with a tonnage of over 4,000 tons, consisting of propellers, schooners, brigs and sloops, which are engaged in the carrying trade between the upper and lower lakes, and in the lumber trade on lake Michigan. There are now 126 mercantile stores in the various branches, 1 steam flouring mill with four run of stone, and 2 water mills just out of the limits of the corporation; there are 7 different mechanics shops, with steam engines and their furnaces. The bank of Racine is in successful operation, issuing bills and doing a general banking business. There are 3 plank roads extending into the country from the city... Speed's and O'Reilly's telegraph lines both have offices in the city, and the Racine and Rock River telegraph company have a line completed from Racine to Beloit, touching at all the intermediate villages. The Racine, Janesville, and Mississippi railroad has been surveyed and located from Racine to Beloit, and the contracts are now let for the whole distance and the work in process of construction, and will be completed by September 1854. "

The Racine fire of May 5-6, 1882, lasted from 11 p.m. until the following afternoon, produced ruins that extended over a seven block area, and was controlled only after help arrived from Chicago and Milwaukee.

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308 records found

Racine County [origin of place name]
Racine [brief history]
Racine, Racine Co.
Racine, Town of, Racine Co.
Radisson, Sawyer Co.
Radisson, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Radisson, Village of, Sawyer Co.
Radisson-Groseilliers Fort (Historic Marker Erecte
Radspur, Bayfield Co.
Rafting on the Mississippi (Historic Marker Erecte
Raimey, Mabel Wanda (1895-1986) (Historic Marker E
Rainbow Beach, Winnebago Co.
Raintree, Dane Co.
Randall [origin of place name]
Randall [origin of place name]
Randall, Burnett Co.
Randall, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Randolph, Columbia Co.
Randolph, Town of, Columbia Co.
Randolph, Village of, Dodge Co.
Random Lake [origin of place name]
Random Lake, Sheboygan Co.
Random Lake, Village of, Sheboygan Co.
Range Line Lake [origin of place name]
Range, Polk Co.
Rangeline, Marathon Co.
Rankin, Kewaunee Co.
Rantoul, Town of, Calumet Co.
Rantz, Oneida Co.
Rapides des Peres - Voyageur Park (Historic Marker
Rat River, Town of, Marinette Co.
Rathbun (Mitchell township) [origin of place name]
Rawley Point Lighthouse (Historic Marker Erected 1
Ray, Town of, Dane Co.
Raymond [origin of place name]
Raymond, Racine Co.
Raymond, Town of, Racine Co.
Raymore, Monroe Co.
Readfield, Waupaca Co.
Readstown [origin of place name]
Readstown, Vernon Co.
Readstown, Village of, Vernon Co.
Red Banks (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
Red Banks, Brown Co.
Red Banks, Waupaca Co.
Red Cedar, Dunn Co.
Red Cedar, Town of, Dunn Co.
Red Cliff Reservation [origin of place name]
Red Cliff, Bayfield Co.
Red Cloud Park (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
Red Cloud, Mitchell Jr. (1925-1950) (Historic Mark
Red Dog, Election precinct of, Grant Co.
Red Mound, Vernon Co.
Red River, Shawano Co.
Red River, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
Red Rock, Lafayette Co.
Red Springs, Town of, Shawano Co.
Redgranite, Village of, Waushara Co.
Redgranite, Waushara Co.
Redville [origin of place name]
Reed, Crawford Co.
Reedsburg [origin of place name]
Reedsburg, Sauk Co.
Reedsburg, Town of, Sauk Co.
Reedsville [origin of place name]
Reedsville, Manitowoc Co.
Reedsville, Village of, Manitowoc Co.
Reeseville [origin of place name]
Reeseville, Dodge Co.
Reeseville, Election precinct of, Iowa Co.
Reeseville, Village of, Dodge Co.
Reeve, Barron Co.
Regina, Shawano Co.
Reich Mobile Home Park, Green Lake Co.
Reid, Town of, Marathon Co.
Reifs Mills, Manitowoc Co.
Reighmoor, Winnebago Co.
Remington, Town of, Wood Co.
Requa, Jackson Co.
Reseburg, Clark Co.
Reseburg, Town of, Clark Co.
Reserve, Sawyer Co.
Reserve, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Rest Areas on the I-Roads (Historic Marker Erected
Retreat, Vernon Co.
Revolutionary War Veterans (Historic Marker Erecte
Rewey [origin of place name]
Rewey, Iowa Co.
Rewey, Village of, Iowa Co.
Rhine, Sheboygan Co.
Rhine, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Rhineland, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Rhinelander [origin of place name]
Rhinelander, Oneida Co.
Rhodes Station (in Caledonia Township) [origin of
Rib Falls, Marathon Co.
Rib Falls, Town of, Marathon Co.
Rib Lake Lumber Company (Historic Marker Erected 1
Rib Lake [origin of place name]
Rib Lake, Taylor Co.
Rib Lake, Town of, Taylor Co.
Rib Lake, Village of, Taylor Co.
Rib Mountain, Marathon Co.
Rib Mountain, Town of, Marathon Co.
Rice Lake [brief history]
Rice Lake [origin of place name]
Rice Lake, Barron Co.
Rice Lake, Town of, Barron Co.
Rice Lake, Town of, Barron Co.
Richardson, Polk Co.
Richfield, Town of, Adams Co.
Richfield, Town of, Washington Co.
Richfield, Town of, Wood Co.
Richfield, Washington Co.
Richford, Town of, Waushara Co.
Richford, Waushara Co.
Richland Center [origin of place name]
Richland Center, Richland Co.
Richland County
Richland County [origin of place name]
Richland, Town of, Richland Co.
Richland, Town of, Rusk Co.
Richmond Township [origin of place name]
Richmond [origin of place name]
Richmond, Election precinct of, Richland Co.
Richmond, Town of, Richland Co.
Richmond, Town of, Shawano Co.
Richmond, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Richmond, Town of, Walworth Co.
Richmond, Walworth Co.
Richwood, Dodge Co.
Richwood, Town of, Richland Co.
Ricker Bay, Winnebago Co.
Ridgeland, Dunn Co.
Ridgeland, Village of, Dunn Co.
Ridgetop, Florence Co.
Ridgeville, Town of, Monroe Co.
Ridgeway, Iowa Co.
Ridgeway, Town of, Iowa Co.
Ridgeway, Village of, Iowa Co.
Riding the Interurban (Historic Marker Erected 199
Rietbrock [origin of place name]
Rietbrock, Town of, Marathon Co.
Riley, Dane Co.
Ring, Winnebago Co.
Ringle [origin of place name]
Ringle, Marathon Co.
Ringle, Town of, Marathon Co.
Ringling Brothers Circus (Historic Marker Erected
Ringlingville
Rio (Town of Otsego) [origin of place name]
Rio Creek, Kewaunee Co.
Rio, Columbia Co.
Rio, Village of, Columbia Co.
Riplinger, Clark Co.
Ripon College (Historic Marker Erected 1972)
Ripon [origin of place name]
Ripon, Fond du Lac Co.
Ripon, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Rising Sun [origin of place name]
Rising Sun, Crawford Co.
River Falls [origin of place name]
River Falls, Pierce Co.
River Falls, Town of, Pierce Co.
River Hills, Milwaukee Co.
River Hills, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
Rivermoor, Winnebago Co.
Riverside, Burnett Co.
Riverside, Lafayette Co.
Riverview, Douglas Co.
Riverview, Town of, Oconto Co.
Riverwood Estates, Dane Co.
Roberts Lake [origin of place name]
Roberts, St. Croix Co.
Roberts, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Robertson, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Roche a Cri (historical), Adams Co.
Roche a Cri Creek [origin of place name]
Roche-A-Cri State Park (Historic Marker Erected 19
Rochester, Racine Co.
Rochester, Town of, Racine Co.
Rochester, Village of, Racine Co.
Rock County [origin of place name]
Rock Creek, Town of, Dunn Co.
Rock Elm, Pierce Co.
Rock Elm, Town of, Pierce Co.
Rock Falls, Dunn Co.
Rock Falls, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Rock Island [origin of place name]
Rock Lake, Jefferson Co.
Rock Mill (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Rock River
Rock River Industry (Historic Marker Erected 1982)
Rock Springs [origin of place name]
Rock Springs, Sauk Co.
Rock Springs, Village of, Sauk Co.
Rock [origin of place name]
Rock, Town of, Rock Co.
Rock, Town of, Wood Co.
Rockaway Beach, Calumet Co.
Rockaway Beach, Winnebago Co.
Rockbridge (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Rockbridge, Richland Co.
Rockbridge, Town of, Richland Co.
Rockdale, Dane Co.
Rockdale, Village of, Dane Co.
Rockfield, Washington Co.
Rockland Township [origin of place name]
Rockland, La Crosse Co.
Rockland, Town of, Brown Co.
Rockland, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Rockland, Village of, La Crosse Co.
Rockmont, Douglas Co.
Rockport, Rock Co.
Rockton, Vernon Co.
Rockville, Grant Co.
Rockville, Manitowoc Co.
Rockwood, Manitowoc Co.
Rocky Corners, Marathon Co.
Rocky Run, Columbia Co.
Rocky Run, Portage Co.
Rodell, Eau Claire Co.
Rodney (historical), Waushara Co.
Rogers, Samuel N. Sr. (1760-1852), Soldier of the
Rogersville, Fond du Lac Co.
Rogneys (historical), Jackson Co.
Rolling Acres, Dane Co.
Rolling Ground, Crawford Co.
Rolling Prairie, Dodge Co.
Rolling, Town of, Langlade Co.
Romance, Vernon Co.
Rome, Jefferson Co.
Rome, Town of, Adams Co.
Rome, Town of, Dane Co.
Rooney [origin of place name]
Roosevelt, Oneida Co.
Roosevelt, Town of, Burnett Co.
Roosevelt, Town of, Taylor Co.
Root River, Racine Co. [origin of place name]
Rosalietown [origin of place name]
Rose Lawn, Shawano Co.
Rose, Town of, Waushara Co.
Rosecrans, Manitowoc Co.
Rosendale Center, Fond du Lac Co.
Rosendale Township [origin of place name]
Rosendale, Fond du Lac Co.
Rosendale, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Rosendale, Village of, Fond du Lac Co.
Rosewood, Racine Co.
Rosholt [origin of place name]
Rosholt, Portage Co.
Rosholt, Village of, Portage Co.
Rosiere, Door Co.
Ross Crossing, Green Co.
Ross, Town of, Forest Co.
Ross, Vernon Co.
Rostok, Kewaunee Co.
Rothschild, Marathon Co.
Rothschild, Village of, Marathon Co.
Round Lake [origin of place name]
Round Lake, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Rouse, Iron Co.
Route of Abraham Lincoln, 1832 and 1859 (Historic
Rowley's Bay [origin of place name]
Rowley, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Rowleys Bay, Door Co.
Roxbury [origin of place name]
Roxbury, Dane Co.
Roxbury, Town of, Dane Co.
Roy's Bay (Madeline Island) [origin of place name]
Royalton, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Royalton, Waupaca Co.
Rozellville, Marathon Co.
Rube, Manitowoc Co.
Rubicon River, Dodge Co.
Rubicon [origin of place name]
Rubicon, Dodge Co.
Rubicon, Town of, Dodge Co.
Ruby, Chippewa Co.
Ruby, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Rubys Corner, Marinette Co.
Rudolph, Town of, Wood Co.
Rudolph, Village of, Wood Co.
Rudolph, Wood Co.
Rugby Junction, Washington Co.
Rum River (Minnesota)
Rural Electrification (Historic Marker Erected 196
Rural, Waupaca Co.
Rush Lake [origin of place name]
Rush Lake, Winnebago Co.
Rush River, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Rushford, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Rusk County [origin of place name]
Rusk, Dunn Co.
Rusk, Town of, Burnett Co.
Rusk, Town of, Rusk Co.
Russell [origin of place name]
Russell [origin of place name]
Russell, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Russell, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Russell, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Russell, Trempealeau Co.
Rustic Road (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Rutland [origin of place name]
Rutland, Dane Co.
Rutland, Town of, Dane Co.
Rutledge, Grant Co.
Ryans Corner, Kewaunee Co.

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