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History of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

Oshkosh was named for Menominee Chief Oshkosh, whose name meant "claw" (cf. Ojibwe oshkanzh, "the claw"). Although the fur trade brought the first European settlers to the area as early as 1818, it never became a major player in the fur trade. It was the establishment and growth of the lumber industry in the area that spurred development of Oshkosh. Oshkosh was incorporated as a city in 1853, although it had already been designated the county seat, and had a population of nearly 2,800.

The lumber industry became well established as businessmen took advantage of navigable waterways to provide access to both markets and northern pineries. The 1859 arrival of rail transportation expanded the ability to meet the demands of a rapidly growing construction market. At one time, Oshkosh was known as the "Sawdust Capital of the World" due to the number of lumber mills in the city, 11 by 1860. By 1874, there were 47 sawmills and 15 shingle mills...

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  • Oshkosh was incorporated as a city in 1853, although it had already been designated the county seat, and had a population of nearly 2,800.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1854 - Oshkosh
    Osukosii, a flourishing post-village, capital of Winnebago county, Wisconsin, is situated on the Neenah or Fox river, at its entrance into Lake...Read MORE...


  • 1859 - Oshkosh, WI - The 1859 arrival of rail transportation expanded the ability to meet the demands of a rapidly growing construction market.
    The lumber industry became well established as businessmen took advantage of navigable waterways to provide access to both markets and northern...Read MORE...


  • By 1874, there were 47 sawmills and 15 shingle mills in Oshkosh.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • On April 28, 1875, Oshkosh had a "Great Fire" that consumed homes and businesses along Main Street north of the Fox River.
    The fire had engulfed 70 stores, 40 factories, and 500 homes costing nearly $2.5 million in damage.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1878 - Wisconsin hosted the nation's first automobile race when the state offered $10,000 to the inventor of a machine that could move from Green Bay to Madison under its own power
    With an average speed of six miles per hour, it took Alexander Gallagher of Oshkosh approximately twenty-two hours to win the race.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html

  • News 1879 - BREWERY BURNED. Total Destruction of Horn & Schwain's Brewery.
    About five o'clock Sunday morning the brewery on Duty street just south of 16th street owned by A. Horn and Leonard Schwain estate was totally...Read MORE...


  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
    Main St. North, Oshkosh, Wis.
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  • 1895 - Oshkosh
    Osh'kosh, a city, the capital of Winnebago co., Wis., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Winnebago and on both banks of Fox River (which here enters ...Read MORE...


  • OshKosh B'Gosh, a manufacturer of overalls and children's clothing was founded in Oshkosh in 1895

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Around 1900 Oshkosh was home of the Oshkosh Brewing Company, which coined the marketing slogan "By Gosh It's Good."
    Its Chief Oshkosh became a nationally distributed beer.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

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  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
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  • 1906
    Oshkosh, a city, the capital of Winnebago co., Wis., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Winnebago and on both banks of the Fox River (which here...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - Engineer Warner Killed - Meets Instant Death in Head End Freight Collision Wednesday Afternoon.
    Horace O. Warner of this city was instantly killed in a head-end collision between a southbound work train and a northbound coal special at Oshkosh...Read MORE...


  • Oshkosh also has an airport named Wittman Field or Wittman Regional Airport which opened in 1927 as Oshkosh Airport Inc.

    www.wikipedia.org



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  • Oshkosh was incorporated as a city in 1853, although it had already been designated the county seat, and had a population of nearly 2,800.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Oshkosh
    Osukosii, a flourishing post-village, capital of Winnebago county, Wisconsin, is situated on the Neenah or Fox river, at its entrance into Lake... Read MORE...

  • 1859 - Oshkosh, WI - The 1859 arrival of rail transportation expanded the ability to meet the demands of a rapidly growing construction market.
    The lumber industry became well established as businessmen took advantage of navigable waterways to provide access to both markets and northern... Read MORE...

  • By 1874, there were 47 sawmills and 15 shingle mills in Oshkosh.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • On April 28, 1875, Oshkosh had a "Great Fire" that consumed homes and businesses along Main Street north of the Fox River.
    The fire had engulfed 70 stores, 40 factories, and 500 homes costing nearly $2.5 million in damage.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1878 - Wisconsin hosted the nation's first automobile race when the state offered $10,000 to the inventor of a machine that could move from Green Bay to Madison under its own power
    With an average speed of six miles per hour, it took Alexander Gallagher of Oshkosh approximately twenty-two hours to win the race.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • News  1879 - BREWERY BURNED. Total Destruction of Horn & Schwain's Brewery.
    About five o'clock Sunday morning the brewery on Duty street just south of 16th street owned by A. Horn and Leonard Schwain estate was totally... Read MORE...

  • OshKosh B'Gosh, a manufacturer of overalls and children's clothing was founded in Oshkosh in 1895

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1895 - Oshkosh
    Osh'kosh, a city, the capital of Winnebago co., Wis., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Winnebago and on both banks of Fox River (which here enters ... Read MORE...

  • Around 1900 Oshkosh was home of the Oshkosh Brewing Company, which coined the marketing slogan "By Gosh It's Good."
    Its Chief Oshkosh became a nationally distributed beer.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1906
    Oshkosh, a city, the capital of Winnebago co., Wis., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Winnebago and on both banks of the Fox River (which here... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - Engineer Warner Killed - Meets Instant Death in Head End Freight Collision Wednesday Afternoon.
    Horace O. Warner of this city was instantly killed in a head-end collision between a southbound work train and a northbound coal special at Oshkosh... Read MORE...

  • Oshkosh also has an airport named Wittman Field or Wittman Regional Airport which opened in 1927 as Oshkosh Airport Inc.

    www.wikipedia.org

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