Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Waukesha County


Oconomowoc is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States and part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The name is derived from Oconomowoc Coo -no- mo - wauk, the expression of the Potawatomi for a waterfall in the vicinity. At the 2000 census the city had 12,382 inhabitants. He is also the birthplace of Gwen Obertuck, a singer and actress.


The city has an area of ​​18 km ², of which about 17 km ² of land and just over 1 km ² of water.


The development of Oconomowoc began in 1837, when the first European, a man named Charles Sheldon came into the parts to build his hunting lodge. At this time lived the Indians from the tribe of Potawatomi already in some kind of settlement they Coo -No- Mo - Wauk (where the water hit the river or lakes). From this settlement Oconomowoc was spoken [ ˌ okɑnəmə wɔk ].

With the growth of the city the arrival of traders went hand in hand. One such settler was John S. Rockwell. He built a corn mill and opened the first store and a hotel. After his death, he bequeathed his fortune to the churches. His initiative is the establishment of the fire department, the library, primary school and a seminary for young women owe. Due to his merits he earned the name "Father of Oconomowoc ."

In the period between the 1870s and the 1930s, the city developed ahead and was then called " Newport of the West" called. Through the charming landscape, the wealthy families of Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee were inspired to build on the banks of the lake country homes. At the time, Lake Road was popularly referred to as Presidents' Avenue because the President William Howard Taft, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt in Draper Hall were visiting regularly and enjoyed the hospitality of the inhabitants.

Twin Cities

Since 2009 Oconomovoc twin city of the district town Dietzenbach in Hesse ( Germany ).

Citys Brookfield | Delafield | Milwaukee | Muskego | New Berlin | Oconomowoc | Pewaukee | Waukesha

Villages Big Bend | Butler | Chenequa | Dousman | Eagle | Elm Grove | Hartland | Lac La Belle | Lannon | Menomonee Falls | Merton | Mukwonago | Nashotah | North Prairie | Oconomowoc Lake | Okauchee Lake | Pewaukee | Sussex | Wales

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