Wisconsin has towns that are named after United States presidents, important rivers, Native American chiefs, and early European settlers. But if you’ve ever passed through the little town of Ixonia, or spotted an Ixonia exit sign out on Interstate 94, you might have wondered: How did they come up with that name? It’s a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin town name with a very unusual backstory. Read on to learn how the little town of Ixonia came to be.

I was a little surprised to learn the story of this town. Were you? Learn more about this charming community on the Town of Ixonia website. Interested in discovering more flavorful places? Here are some of Wisconsin’s very best small towns.

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