The Name "Wisconsin"

The Name "Wisconsin" (HMOI8)

Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 Kenosha County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 31.322', W 87° 56.973'

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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 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.
HM NumberHMOI8
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number219
Year Placed1994
Placed ByState Historical Society of Wisconsin
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 422006 N 4708176
Decimal Degrees42.52203333, -87.94955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.322', W 87° 56.973'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 19.32" N, 87° 56' 58.38" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10519 120th Ave, Pleasant Prairie WI 53158, US
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