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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Kenosha County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kenosha County, WI (39) Racine County, WI (42) Walworth County, WI (36) Lake County, IL (67) McHenry County, IL (38) Allegan County, MI (53)  KenoshaCounty(39) Kenosha County (39)  RacineCounty(42) Racine County (42)  WalworthCounty(36) Walworth County (36)  LakeCountyIllinois(67) Lake County (67)  McHenryCounty(38) McHenry County (38)  AlleganCountyMichigan(53) Allegan County (53)
Kenosha is the county seat for Kenosha County
Kenosha is in Kenosha County
      Kenosha County (39)  
      Racine County (42)  
      Walworth County (36)  
      Lake County, Illinois (67)  
      McHenry County, Illinois (38)  
      Allegan County, Michigan (53)  
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1 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 473 — Auto Production in Kenosha
Thomas B. Jeffery purchased the 1895 Sterling Bicycle Factory and pioneered Kenosha’s auto industry in 1900. His company was an industry leader, creating the second mass produced auto in 1902. Jeffery was the first auto manufacturer to make all . . . Map (db m38570) HM
2 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Birthplace of Orson Welles
Birthplace of Orson Welles Actor and Director May 6, 1915 – Oct. 10, 1985Map (db m65979) HM
3 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Capt. David Leet and S Sgt. James Van Bendegom
In honor of Capt. David Leet 4-13-72 S Sgt. James Van Bendegom 7-12-67 Missing In Action Vietnam WarMap (db m68531) HM
4 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 22 — Charles Durkee Mansion1861
[Title is text] City of Kenosha Landmark #22Map (db m68507) HM
5 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Civil War Memorial
In honor of the brave men of Kenosha County, who victoriously defended the Union on land and sea during the War of the Great Rebellion. 1861 - 1865.Map (db m68501) WM
6 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Colonel Michael FrankFather of Wisconsin Public Schools
On Feb. 24, 1845, as Territorial Legislator, he secured enactment of law authorizing free public education in Southport only. As a result first free school in the Union outside of New England opened in Southport, now Kenosha, June 18, 1845. This . . . Map (db m38252) HM
7 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Early VesselsWisconsin's Maritime Trails
Native American canoes launched America’s maritime legacy about 12,000 years ago, making them among the world’s oldest watercraft. Ancient dugout canoes are occasionally preserved when environmental conditions are just right. The canoe above . . . Map (db m57837) HM
8 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 118 — First Congregational ChurchOne-hundredth Anniversary — 1874-1974 —
This historical landmark is dedicated to the worship of God, and to the promotion of Christian knowledge and charity Chris George Builder Kenosha Landmarks Commission Kenosha County Historical SocietyMap (db m38117) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 110 — Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Dedicated May 30, 1900 This library building a gift of Zalmon G. Simmons to the citizens of Kenosha as a memorial to his son Gilbert M. Simmons (1852-1890) His vision and generosity were appreciated by the pioneer town he believed in and . . . Map (db m38118) HM
10 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Green Bay Road
Pioneer Road Chicago to Green Bay Established by the Federal Government 1832Map (db m66623) HM
11 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — John Bullen
In memory of John Bullen who located Kenosha June 12, 1835 and was one of its foundersMap (db m38254) HM
12 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 465 — John McCaffery Burial Site
John McCaffary was hanged in Kenosha on August 21, 1851, for the murder of his wife and buried here in an unmarked grave. Public outrage over his execution resulted in legislation that abolished the death penalty in Wisconsin on July 12, 1853.Map (db m38121) HM
13 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 588 — Kee-neau-sha-Kau-ning
As early as 1795, the Potawatomi had a mile-long village on the Pike River near here. Fur trader Jacques Vieau Sr.’s son, Peter, wrote the village was called “Kee-neau-sha-Kau-ning,” meaning “the pickerel’s abiding place,” and it “was noted for the . . . Map (db m189972) HM
14 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 249 — Kemper Hall
Kemper Hall, boarding school for girls, dates to 1855 when St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and some dedicated Kenosha citizens signed a charter launching the Kenosha Female Seminary. In 1865, the school moved to this site, the home of U.S. Senator . . . Map (db m38122) HM
15 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 437 — Kenosha (Southport) Lighthouse
Built by the federal government in 1866, the Kenosha Lighthouse replaces two other lighthouses constructed at this site in 1848 and 1858. Originally designated a coast and harbor light for Southport, now Kenosha, WI provided the first navigational . . . Map (db m147376) HM
16 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 61 — Kenosha County Courthouse1923 - 25
This property Kenosha County Courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ——————— Kenosha County Courthouse and Jail 1923-25 City of . . . Map (db m69217) HM
17 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Kenosha Veterans Memorial
For God and Country Dedicated in grateful tribute to those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States "Greater love hath no man than this. That a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13 Duties are . . . Map (db m38257) WM
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18 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Korean War MemorialKorea — 25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953 —
"The Forgotten War" This memorial is dedicated to all U.S. military veterans that served in the fight for freedom against the Communist forces on the Korean Peninsula. "You Are Not Forgotten"Map (db m68551) WM
19 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Lovell G.A.R. Post 230 Civil War Memorial
In honor of the brave Soldiers and Sailors who fought to save the Union in the Rebellion 1861 to 1865.Map (db m38256) HM
20 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Naval MemorialDeparted Shipmates Remembered — Navy Memorial Park —
In memory of Capt. John J. Frost USNR Retired WWII Korea Destroyer Duty ———————— Dedicated in memory of departed shipmates of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard of Kenosha County . . . Map (db m68581) HM
21 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Operations Desert Shield / Storm MemorialAugust 7, 1990 - February 28, 1991
In tribute to those who served in Operations Desert Shield / Storm Dedicated by D. I. M. E. S. Duties in the Middle East Support Coat of Arms Post 2751 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Citizens of Kenosha County July 4, 1992 . . . Map (db m68568) WM
22 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Remember Pearl Harbor
In memory of these men who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor and other bases December 7, 1941 [Roll of Honored Dead from the State of Wisconsin]Map (db m68582) WM
23 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 475 — Reuben Deming
Deming was born in Vermont in 1789 and came to the Village of Southport, later renamed Kenosha, in 1836. Deming was a Methodist preacher and a staunch supporter of the anti-slavery movement. For Methodists, slavery was considered the worst of social . . . Map (db m38119) HM
24 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 507 — Revolutionary War Veterans
(Side A) Born April 1757 in Stratford, CT, Abner Barlow moved to NH in 1772. At 20, Barlow enlisted as private in the NH Rangers, serving in Maj. Whitcomb’s Independent Corps at the Battle of Bennington and the surrender of Burgoyne, . . . Map (db m38240) HM
25 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — 79 — Simmon's Island Beach House1934-35
. . . Map (db m242564) HM
26 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Simmons Island ParkDonated in 1917
Erected in honor of Z.G. Simmons and his heirs whose generosity made possible this public park. This park is a perpetual memorial to Kenosha's public spirited citizens and as years go by a lasting source of pleasure to Kenosha men women and . . . Map (db m68516) HM
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27 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Site of the First Free School
This boulder is placed by the Kenosha Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the site of the first free school outside of New England in the Union. It was opened June 18, 1845. The pioneers in this work were: Michael Frank . . . Map (db m69637) HM
28 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Southport-Kenosha1835-1923
In 1923 the Kenosha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated the Pine Creek settlement of 1835 by placing a plaque on the tower of the 6th Avenue lift bridge. This marker is now given its own special place on Simmons Island. . . . Map (db m65973) HM
29 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — St. Matthew’s Church
Erected in 1873 Oldest original church building in KenoshaMap (db m56831) HM
30 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — The First Church in Kenosha
Was built ten yards west of this site by the Society of Methodists in 1840Map (db m56830) HM
31 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — The United States Marine CorpsSemper Fidelis — In Memory Of —
[Title is text] Anchor donated by Sgt. Richard MickelsenMap (db m68580) WM
32 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — Veterans Memorial Fountain"This We Shall Remember"
Kenoshans have fought and died in seven wars, leaving a legacy of courage and devotion, and a selfless contribution to our survival as a free nation. This boulder is from a World War Two battle area near the city of Naha, Okinawa. The sand is . . . Map (db m68567) HM WM
33 Wisconsin, Kenosha County, Kenosha — War MemorialMay We Never Forget That Freedom Is Not Free
It is to the members of our Armed Forces from the City and County of Kenosha who sacrificed their lives defending our freedom that this memorial is dedicated. It stands as a tribute to all of our veterans. [Roll of Honored Dead] Mexican War . . . Map (db m68584) HM WM
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Apr. 24, 2024