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Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Name “Wisconsin”

 
 
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By Paul F, September 28, 2010
1. The Name "Wisconsin" Marker
Inscription. In 1673, thirty-nine years after Jean Nicolet visited the Green Bay area, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet set out from New France to explore the Mississippi River. They traveled from the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan to the Fox River at the foot of Green Bay. Two Native American guides led them up the Fox, from which they portaged (at present day Portage) to the river for which the state is named.

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 stateís 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 Wisconsinís unique and varied geography.
 
Erected 1994 by State Historical Society
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By Paul F, September 28, 2010
2. The Name "Wisconsin" Marker
of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 219.)
 
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. 7.5 miles away); Lovell G.A.R. Post 230 Civil War Memorial (approx. 7.5 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.)
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By Paul F, September 28, 2010
3. The Name "Wisconsin" Marker

 
Additional keywords. State Names
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansNotable PlacesSettlements & 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 787 times since then and 39 times this year. 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.
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