Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Nickname(s): FDL, Foot of the Lake, Fondy
Location within the state of Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°46′27.5″N 88°26′47.3″W / 43.774306°N 88.446472°W / 43.774306; -88.446472Coordinates: 43°46′27.5″N 88°26′47.3″W / 43.774306°N 88.446472°W / 43.774306; -88.446472
Country U.S.A.
State Wisconsin
County Fond du Lac
Area[1]
 • City 20.11 sq mi (52.08 km2)
 • Land 18.82 sq mi (48.74 km2)
 • Water 1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)  6.41%
Elevation 760 ft (230 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 43,021
 • Estimate (2011[3]) 43,208
 • Density 2,285.9/sq mi (882.6/km2)
 • Metro 100,070
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920

Fond du Lac is a city in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The name is French for bottom (or foot) of the lake.[4][5]. It was named this because of its location at the bottom (south end) of Lake Winnebago. As of the 2010 census, 43,021 people lived there.

History[change | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 5,460
1870 12,764 133.8%
1880 13,094 2.6%
1890 12,024 −8.2%
1900 15,110 25.7%
1910 18,797 24.4%
1920 23,427 24.6%
1930 26,449 12.9%
1940 27,209 2.9%
1950 29,936 10.0%
1960 32,719 9.3%
1970 35,515 8.5%
1980 35,863 1.0%
1990 37,757 5.3%
2000 42,203 11.8%
2010 43,021 1.9%
sources:[6]

Native American tribes lived or gathered in the area long before Europeans got there. These tribes included the Winnebagos , Potawatomi, Kickapoo, and Mascoutin. It is not known who was the first white man to explore the southern end of Lake Winnebago. It is thought to be Claude-Jean Allouez.[7]

The first school in Fond du Lac was built in 1843. The first railroad came to Fond du Lac in 1852. Logging and milling were main industries in the late 1880s.

Geography[change | edit source]

The city has a total area of 20.11 square miles (52.08 km2). Of this, 18.82 square miles (48.74 km2) is land and 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2) is water.[1]


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