Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Skyline of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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
Incorporated1847 (as a village), 1852 (as a city)[1]
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City managerJoseph P. Moore
 • Council presidentLee Ann Lorrigan[2]
Area
 • City20.11 sq mi (52.08 km2)
 • Land18.82 sq mi (48.74 km2)
 • Water1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)  6.41%
Elevation
760 ft (232 m)
Population
 • City43,021
 • Estimate 
(2016)
42,951
 • Density2,285.9/sq mi (882.6/km2)
 • Metro
100,070
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Codes
54935, 54936, 54937
Area code(s)920
FIPS code55-26275
Websitewww.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.
18605,460
187012,764133.8%
188013,0942.6%
189012,024−8.2%
190015,11025.7%
191018,79724.4%
192023,42724.6%
193026,44912.9%
194027,2092.9%
195029,93610.0%
196032,7199.3%
197035,5158.5%
198035,8631.0%
199037,7575.3%
200042,20311.8%
201043,0211.9%
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. cityfdl. "Police". Police - City of Fond du Lac.
  2. cityfdl. "City Council". City Council - City of Fond du Lac.
  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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