Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
|Coordinates: 43°46′N 88°27′W / 43.767°N 88.450°WCoordinates: 43°46′N 88°27′W / 43.767°N 88.450°W|
|County||Fond du Lac|
|Incorporated||1847 (as a village), 1852 (as a city)|
|• City manager||Joseph P. Moore|
|• Council president||Lee Ann Lorrigan|
|• 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)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,285.9/sq mi (882.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
54935, 54936, 54937
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. 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]
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.
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.
Notable residents[change | change source]
- William Aldrich, U.S. Representative from Illinois
- Ed Aspatore, NFL player
- Bob Blewett, MLB player
- Edward S. Bragg, Union Army general, U.S. Representative, U.S. Ambassador
- Edward L. Doheny, American oil tycoon
- Charles A. Eldredge, U.S. Representative
- Jeanna Giese, first person known to have been successfully treated for rabies without receiving a vaccine.
- King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor and founder of The Gillette Company.
- Bert Husting, MLB player
- Paul O. Husting, U.S. Senator
- Edward H. Jenison, U.S. Representative from Illinois
- Colin Kaepernick, NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
- Scott McCallum, former Governor of Wisconsin
- Hugh J. McGrath, Medal of Honor recipient
- Charles Henry Morgan, U.S. Representative from Missouri
- William K. Van Pelt, U.S. Representative
- Owen A. Wells, U.S. Representative
- Charles T. Zimmerman, Distinguished Service Cross recipient
References[change | change source]
- ↑ cityfdl. "Police". Police - City of Fond du Lac.
- ↑ cityfdl. "City Council". City Council - City of Fond du Lac.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- ↑ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- ↑ "Dictionary of Wisconsin History". Wisconsin Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- ↑ Clorissa Swingen (Spring 1988). "Fond du Lac: Links to our Past". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
- ↑  .
- ↑ 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.