Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Nickname(s): Fondy
Location of Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
Location of Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°46′N 88°27′W / 43.767°N 88.450°W / 43.767; -88.450Coordinates: 43°46′N 88°27′W / 43.767°N 88.450°W / 43.767; -88.450
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County  Fond du Lac
Incorporated 1847 (as a village), 1852 (as a city)[1]
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • City manager Joseph P. Moore
 • Council president Lee Ann Lorrigan[2]
Area[3]
 • 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 (232 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • City 43,021
 • Estimate (2016) 42,951
 • Density 2,285.9/sq mi (882.6/km2)
 • Metro 100,070
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Codes 54935, 54936, 54937
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-26275
Website www.fdl.wi.gov

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.[5][6] 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 | change 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:[7]

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.[8]

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 | change 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.[3]

Notable residents[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. https://www.fdl.wi.gov/departments.iml?DeptID=40&DeptPage=171
  2. https://www.fdl.wi.gov/staff.iml?DeptID=7
  3. 3.0 3.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. "Dictionary of Wisconsin History". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. Clorissa Swingen (Spring 1988). "Fond du Lac: Links to our Past". Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  7. [1] .
  8. Mentzer, Michael (199). Fond du Lac County: Gift of the Glacier. Fond du Lac, WI USA: Fond du Lac County Historical Society. p. 212. ISBN 0-9631213-0-8. 

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