Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Name “Wisconsin”
Marquette and Jolliet referred to the Wisconsin River as the Miskonsing, Meskousing, Meskous and Miskous, using variations on one of the Native American names for the river. Through the years, the spelling of Wisconsin underwent many changes. By 1800, “Ouisconsin” had become the favorite form for both the river and the region. Finally, in 1845, the Wisconsin territorial legislature officially endorsed “Wisconsin” as the accepted spelling.
Many interpretations of the state’s name have been suggested, including “gathering of the waters,” “red earth place,” “river of a thousand isles,” “a good place in which to live,” and “at the great point,” all of which seem appropriate descriptions of Wisconsin’s unique and varied geography.
Erected 1994 by State Historical Society
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 31.322′ N, 87° 56.973′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, in Kenosha County. Marker is at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Wisconsin Highway 165 on Interstate 94. Touch for map. Rest Area-Tourist Info Center No. 26, westbound lane I-94, North of Illinois state line, Kenosha County. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant Prairie WI 53158, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cordelia A.P. Harvey (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Bay Ethnic Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Thirty-second Division Memorial Highway (approx. 6.4 miles away); Auto Production in Kenosha (approx. 7.1 miles away); John Bullen (approx. 7.4 miles away); John McCaffery Burial Site (approx. 7.4 miles away); Kenosha Veterans Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away); Lovell G.A.R. Post 230 Civil War Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Prairie.
Also see . . . Wisconsin's Name - Where it came from and what it means - Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
Additional keywords. State Names
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 795 times since then. Last updated on October 6, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.