Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 11 Wisconsin Town Names

Thanks to “Wayne’s World,” everyone thinks Milwaukee means “The Good Land,” though “The Gathering Place by the Water” is probably a better translation. And Madison is pretty obviously named for the President James Madison. But what about all the other cities and towns all around the Dairy State? Many come from Native Americans or French explorers, but some have even more unusual beginnings than that.

Here are 11 Wisconsin towns and the interesting stories behind how they got their name.

Does your town name have an interesting origin story? Let us know in the comments.

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