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Wisconsin History Timeline

1600s - 1700s
  • (1634) French explorer, Jean Nicolet, arrived in the Green Bay area
  • (1666) Nicolas Perrot began fur trade with Indians
  • (1673) Water route from Lake Michigan to Mississippi River explored by Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette
  • (1678) Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut explored western end of Lake Superior
  • (1754 - 1763) French and Indian War
  • (1755) British General Braddock defeated by Wisconsin Indians, led by Charles Langlade
  • (1763) Control of Wisconsin area transferred to England under Treaty of Paris at end of French and Indian War
  • (1764) Charles Langlade established first permanent Euro-American settlement at Green Bay
  • (1774) The Quebec Act incorporates all of Wisconsin lands into the Province of Quebec
  • (1783) U. S. took control of Wisconsin Region in second Treaty of Paris
  • (1787) Wisconsin became part of U. S. Northwest Territory, British fur traders continued to control region
  • (1814) Fort Shelby built at Prairie du Chien, captured by British, name changed to Fort McKay
  • (1815) British abandoned Fort McKay
  • (1816) Astor's American Fur Company began operating in Wisconsin
  • (1818) Wisconsin area included in Michigan Territory; territorial governor created two Wisconsin counties: Brown and Crawford
  • (1822) Indians from New York moved to Wisconsin; lead mining began in southwestern Wisconsin
  • (1825) U. S. and Indian representatives met at Prairie Du Chien, signed Treaty of Prairie Du Chien establishing tribal boundaries
  • (1831) Survey of public lands began by Lucius Lyon
  • (1836) U.S. Congress created Territory of Wisconsin; Madison selected as territorial capital
  • (1837) All territorial banks failed in Panic of 1837; Winnebago Indians ceded claim to all land in Wisconsin
  • (1848) Wisconsin became 30th U. S. state; first telegram reached Milwaukee
  • (1851) First railroad opened between Milwaukee and Waukesha
  • (1854) Republican Party founded in Ripon; fugitive slave, Joshua Glover, arrested in Racine; Wisconsin Supreme Court declared Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 unconstitutional

Wisconsin Photographs

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Wisconsin Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Friendship Adams 608
Ashland Ashland 715
Rice Lake Barron 715
Washburn Bayfield 715
Green Bay Brown 920
Mondovi Buffalo 715
Grantsburg Burnett 715
Chilton Calumet 920
Chippewa Falls Chippewa 715
Neillsville Clark 715
Portage Columbia 608
Prairie du Chien Crawford 608
Madison Dane 608
Beaver Dam Dodge 920
Sturgeon Bay Door 920
Superior Douglas 715
Menomonie Dunn 715
Eau Claire Eau Claire 715
Florence Florence 715
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 920
Crandon Forest 715
Platteville Grant 608
Monroe Green 608
Berlin Green Lake 920
Dodgeville Iowa 608
Hurley Iron 715
Black River Falls Jackson 715
Watertown Jefferson 920
Mauston Juneau 608
Kenosha Kenosha 262
Luxemburg Kewaunee 920
La Crosse La Crosse 608
Darlington Lafayette 608
Antigo Langlade 715
Merrill Lincoln 715
Manitowoc Manitowoc 920
Wausau Marathon 715
Marinette Marinette 715
Montello Marquette 608
Keshena Menominee 715
Milwaukee Milwaukee 414
Sparta Monroe 608
Oconto Oconto 920
Rhinelander Oneida 715
Appleton Outagamie 920
Mequon Ozaukee 262
Durand Pepin 715
River Falls Pierce 715
Amery Polk 715
Stevens Point Portage 715
Phillips Price 715
Racine Racine 262
Richland Center Richland 608
Janesville Rock 608
Ladysmith Rusk 715
Hudson Saint Croix 715
Baraboo Sauk 608
Hayward Sawyer 715
Shawano Shawano 715
Sheboygan Sheboygan 920
Medford Taylor 715
Arcadia Trempealeau 608
Viroqua Vernon 608
Eagle River Vilas 715
Whitewater Walworth 262
Spooner Washburn 715
West Bend Washington 262
Waukesha Waukesha 262
Waupaca Waupaca 715
Wautoma Waushara 920
Oshkosh Winnebago 920
Wisconsin Rapids Wood 715

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