Kewaunee in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Early History of Kewaunee
The bluffs overlooking the Kewaunee River north of the city witnessed much of Kewaunee's early history. It was here that Potawatomies had a village and eventually fought a bloody battle with the Sacs, killing an entire band.
Here also stopped French explorers, Jesuit priests and fur trappers and traders including Jean Nicolet, LaSalle, and Father Marquette.
In the mid-1790s, Jacques Vieau, who later established a trading post at Milwaukee, erected a trading post upon the hill north of the river.
Kewaunee's "Gold Rush" occurred in the mid-1830s when gold was supposedly discovered in the marshland near the mouth of the river. Land speculators such as John Jacob Astor, James Doty and Joshua Hathaway invested in land. Surveyor, Joshua Hathaway, laid out plans for the city that many believed would rival Chicago. Outrageous prices were paid for swampland before the "gold" was analyzed and found to be iron pyrite – fools gold.
While Kewaunee's "Gold Rush" was over, investors did discover green gold in the form of the forests that covered most of the area. As sawmills were established in the 1840s and 1850s, settlers soon rushed to the county.
Erected 2000 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at Harbor Park. Marker is in this post office area: Kewaunee WI 54216, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Car – Ferry Service (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Kewaunee Fire (about 600 feet away); Civil War and Cuban Veterans Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barge "Emerald" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Father Marquette (approx. half a mile away); Kewaunee Marsh Arsenic Spill Area (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kewaunee County Lime Kilns (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kewaunee.
More about this marker. photo captions:
• Kewaunee in 1856
• In an effort to alleviate muddy conditions in the days before the streets were paved, 2 or 3 feet of sawdust were spread each spring on the streets in Kewaunee.
Also see . . .
1. Kewaunee History. (Submitted on September 19, 2014.)
2. Tug Ludington. (Submitted on September 19, 2014.)
Categories. • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.