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History of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

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Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

The first white settlers, part of the Western Emigration Company, arrived in the early 1830s from Hannibal and Troy, New York, led by John Bullen, Jr., who sought to purchase enough land for a town. Thwarted in Milwaukee and Racine, the group arrived at Pike Creek on 6 June 1835, building log homes at first and, later, homes of frame, native stone, and brick. The first school and churches followed by 1835, with platting completed in 1836. As more settlers arrived and the first post office was established, the community was first known as Pike Creek in 1836. In the ensuing years, the area became an important Great Lakes shipping port, and in 1837, the village was renamed Southport, a name which lives on as a southeast-side neighborhood, park, and elementary school, and has been adopted by several businesses.

In 1850, another change brought the growing city (and later Kenosha County) its current title, an Anglicized version of the early name Kinoje.

Between 1902 and 1988, Kenosha produced millions of automobiles and trucks under marques such as Jeffery, Rambler, Nash, Hudson, LaFayette, and American Motors Corporation (AMC).

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  • 1854 - Kenosha
    Kenosha, formerly Southport, a flourishing town of Southport township, capital of Kenosha county, Wisconsin, on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, 65...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Kenosha
    Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co., Wis., is on Lake Michigan, 10 miles S. of Racine, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and 51 miles N. by W. of...Read MORE...


  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    The Lovers and Wearers of "BLACK CAT"
    Triple Knee "Leather" Stockings for Boys, 25 cents a pair

    Chicago-Rockford Hosiery Company, Kenosha, Wis.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898
    Advertisement
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    Main Street
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co.. Wis., it on Lake Michigan, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and on the Chicago and Northwestern R. It has a good...Read MORE...


  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    Scenes in Library Park, Kenosha, Wisconsin
    Postcard
  • News 1928 - Teens Die at Rail Crossing
    30 teens, mostly the children of Kenosha's Social elite. went on a scavenger hunt. There were a total of eight cars in the hunt. 3 of the cars met up ...Read MORE...


  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    View Showing Part of Civic Center, Looking West, Kenosha, Wisconsin
    Postcard
  • News 1932 - Woman Killed, 23 Hurt as Electric Train Quits Track
    By The Associated Press
    KENOSHA, Wis., Aug. 20. - A Chicago woman was killed and 23 persons were injured when a north shore electric train left the...Read MORE...




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The Lovers and Wearers of "BLACK CAT"
Triple Knee "Leather" Stockings for Boys, 25 cents a pair

Chicago-Rockford Hosiery Company, Kenosha, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Advertisement

Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
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Main Street
Postcard

Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
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Scenes in Library Park, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Postcard

Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
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View Showing Part of Civic Center, Looking West, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Postcard


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  • 1854 - Kenosha
    Kenosha, formerly Southport, a flourishing town of Southport township, capital of Kenosha county, Wisconsin, on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, 65... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Kenosha
    Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co., Wis., is on Lake Michigan, 10 miles S. of Racine, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and 51 miles N. by W. of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co.. Wis., it on Lake Michigan, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and on the Chicago and Northwestern R. It has a good... Read MORE...

  • News  1928 - Teens Die at Rail Crossing
    30 teens, mostly the children of Kenosha's Social elite. went on a scavenger hunt. There were a total of eight cars in the hunt. 3 of the cars met up ... Read MORE...

  • News  1932 - Woman Killed, 23 Hurt as Electric Train Quits Track
    By The Associated Press
    KENOSHA, Wis., Aug. 20. - A Chicago woman was killed and 23 persons were injured when a north shore electric train left the... Read MORE...

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