WI Posted in Wisconsin May 01, 2016 by Laura Most People Don’t Know How These 10 Towns In Wisconsin Got Their Start Ever wonder how your town got its start? Or its name? We are profiling 10 Wisconsin towns and their origin stories. 1. Mineral Point Jeremy Atherton/Flickr Mineral Point got its start from, you guessed it, minerals. It was big for lead and zinc mining in the 19th and 20th centuries. 2. Green Bay Phil Roeder/Flickr This city was actually named La Baie des Puants, French for "stinking bay." It became Green Bay, and it was put on the map by the paper industry and later, of course, the Packers. 3. Egg Harbor BobbbyLight/Flickr There are a few stories that account for why this town has its name. The most appealing one is that two boats had a race to see who would reach shore first, and they engaged in an epic egg battle. There were so many egg shells in the wake of this battle that the men just laughed. 4. Manitowoc Kim Scarborough/Flickr Manitowoc gets its name from the Anishinaabe word meaning "dwelling of the great spirit." It made its mark in the area by becoming a part of the shipbuilding industry. 6. Racine David Wilson/Flickr This city became populated as early back as 10,000 BC. It was discovered by Father Jacques Marquette in 1674. It takes its name from the Root River (Racine is French for "root"). 6. Eau Claire H. Michael Miley/Flickr Eau Claire comes from the French for "clear waters." As legend goes, French explorers exclaimed "Voici l'eau claire!" which means "Here is clear water." 7. Oconomowoc juliegomoll/Flickr Oconomowoc comes from the Potawatomi word "Coo-no-mo-wauk," which means "waterfall." Europeans came to this land and founded it as a trading post. 8. Minocqua Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources/Flickr The word Minocqua actually comes from the Obijwe tribe word "Ninocqua," which means noon-days-rest. It got its start as a logging town. 9. Rhinelander wplynn/Flickr This area was actually originally called Pelican Rapids. It was named Rhinelander after the president of president of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Road. 10. Kenosha Ken Lund/Flickr This city got its start roughly 13,500 years ago. But it gets its current name from the Potawatomi "place of the pike." Did any of these surprise you?