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About Fond Du Lac, WI

Fond du Lac is a city in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The name is French for bottom of the lake, for it is located at the bottom of Lake Winnebago. The population was 42,203 at the 2000 census. The city borders the Town of Fond du Lac, although a small portion borders other adjacent towns. Native American tribes, primarily the Winnebagos but inclusive of the Potawatomi, Kickapoo, and Mascoutin lived or gathered in the area long before European explorers arrived. While there is no way of knowing who was the first white man to explore the southern end of Lake Winnebago, it was probably Claude-Jean Allouez, followed by French fur trappers. James Doty, a federal judge for the western part of the Michigan Territory, thought that the land at the foot of Lake Winnebago might someday be a great city. Consequently, he and his partners bought land in the area. In 1836, during the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature, John Arndt proposed making Fond du Lac the new capital. The motion failed, and Doty convinced the legislature to choose Madison instead. Colwert and Fanna Pier were the first white residents of the area. The first school in Fond du Lac was built in 1843. The first railroad came to Fond du Lac in 1852. Logging and milling were primary industries in the late 1880s,...