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Explorer Jean Nicolet traveled down the Fox River in 1634 and explored an area of three waterfalls. Settlers arrived and began trading at this natural way station in 1760, establishing what became Kaukauna—one of the oldest settlements in the state. In fact, the first land deed ever recorded in Wisconsin happened here. The first state road followed in the 1820s, connecting Kaukauna with Green Bay, and people trickled in to work at the sawmills. Locks and dams were built to harness the river, and the paper mills were not far behind. It was then that Kaukauna was nicknamed the "Lion on the Fox," and the boom of a great city began. It is a thriving community today that maintains a small-town feel. Thilmany Pulp and Paper has been the leading employer in the area for more than a century. At the heart of the city remains the Fox River, dividing north and south, and Kaukauna remains the "Lion on the Fox."
ISBN: 9781467110907
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 178
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gavin Schmitt has been a resident of Kaukauna for three decades, with family roots dating back to the 1870s. He is a film critic, historian, and foreign-policy columnist and has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of Images of America: Milwaukee Mafia.
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