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One of the first things I learned at Durkee Elementary was the meaning of Kenosha. Of course, if someone asks, I completely forget the answer.
After some research, I found that Kenosha means”place of the pike.” The word “Kenosha” is an adaptation of the Native American word “Kenozia.” While Kenosha is the current name, the city has had many others. These names still hold importance in the city as they share names with local businesses, streets, and landmarks.
Continue reading to learn the city’s name history, as well as other historical Kenosha information.
As I mentioned, Kenosha had other names besides its current name. The name “Kenosha” became official in 1850 after its third name changes. The word Kenosha derives from the Chippewa word “Kinoje,” which means pike.
As an aside, dictionary.com defines Kenosha as “a port in SE Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan.” Where they are correct, Kenosha is much more interesting than a “port.”
In addition to its current name, Kenosha was also called Pike Creek and Southport. Kenosha was first named Pike Creek because the first Post Office was located on Pike Creek. It appears that this name only lasted 1 year as it was quickly changed to Southport.
The name Southport is based on Kenosha’s location. Because Kenosha is the southern-most county in Wisconsin and the city sits on Lake Michigan, it was given the name Southport. Kenosha was named Southport from 1837 until 1850 when it became its current name.
Today, you will see “Pike,” “Pike Creek,” and “Southport” all over Kenosha in landmarks, buildings, and shopping centers, For example, one of the elementary schools is named “Southport.” In addition, one of the lighthouses, a Kenosha landmark, is named “Southport Lighthouse.” Finally, there are countless shops, restaurants, and buildings that share the name with Kenosha’s old names.
An incorporated town is defined as a city that has a municipality and a charter from the state. An incorporated town has elected officials and has decided to make decisions based on the thoughts and feelings of the people living in the area.
Kenosha was settled June 6, 1835, by John Bullen Jr. However, Kenosha did not become incorporated until 1850. John Bullen is also incorporated in the fabric of Kenosha with named buildings like Bullen Middle School and various buildings in the city.
Kenosha is located in Southeastern Wisconsin. Kenosha is bordered by Lake Michigan to the East, The Illinois border to the south, Racine County to the North, and Walworth County to the West.
Kenosha is about 65 miles North of Chicago, IL and 40 miles South of Milwaukee, WI. Kenosha is apart of the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Area.
Kenosha was also known for its large output of domestic cars. Kenosha has output cars from manufacturers AMC, Nash, GM, and Chrysler. These cars and car parts were made on assembly lines, then shipped from Kenosha to Michigan via Lake Michigan. The last car parts plant was demolished a few years back, and there are discussions as to how to fill the new space.
Kenosha is the only city in Kenosha County. However, Kenosha does have 7 Villages, 5 Towns, and 17 unincorporated communities. Currently, Kenosha County has over 150,000 residents with most living in the city of Kenosha.
Kenosha County is home to large businesses like Amazon, Jockey, Snap-On, and Uline.
As of 2017, the population is around 100,000 residents. Kenosha is currently the 4th largest city in Wisconsin. Kenosha’s population has risen steady over the last 20+ years. Kenosha has a population of 81,000 in 1990.
Racine, Kenosha’s neighbor to the north, has seen a steady decline over the same period. As of 2017, Racine had a population of just under 76,000. In 1990, Racine has a population of 84,000 residents.
There are many things to do in Kenosha including festivals, museums, theater, eating and drinking. Kenosha has over 70 bars and 35 pizza places for you to choose from.
In the summer, there are multiple festivals to attend. These festivals have food, fun, and live entertainment. You can find Kenosha staples like fried cheese, and buttered corn at these festivals. These festivals are sponsored by local churches, businesses, and the city itself.
Growing up, one of my favorite events to attend was the Fourth of July Fireworks. These fireworks are held right on Lake Michigan, and can be seen miles away.
Another thing to do in Kenosha is to attend The Kenosha Kingfish. The Kingfish is a Summer League baseball team made up of college players from all over the United States.
Kenosha also has 2 colleges that offer division 2 and 3 sporting events. If you’re interested in High School football, Kenosha has 3 division I schools, and 3 smaller schools.
If you can’t find anything to do, Chicago is a short train ride away, and Milwaukee is a short trip up I-94.
Snap-on Tools is headquartered in Kenosha, WI. Founded in 1920, Snap-On is a global tool maker for commercial businesses. Snap-On is located on the South side of Kenosha, about 2 miles from Lake Michigan.
Some of the things I mentioned earlier can be applied to kids as well. In addition, Kenosha has many parks to plan in. Also, there are 2 water parks for kids to take advantage of. In the winter, there are places to go sledding and ice skating. Kids can go on nature walks, or play at any of the gyms located in Kenosha County.
Also, kids enjoy the dinosaur museum, and Lakefront Trolley, and watching baseball games. Finally, if your child is into sports, Kenosha has every sport you can think
If non of these solutions will work, Kenosha also has an indoor bounce house called “Monkey Joe’s.” For a low price, you can watch your children run around 7 inflatables.
Finally, if none of these options will work, Milwaukee has a Children’s Discovery Museum, which is suitable for all ages. Another option is heading down to Chicago for the Shedd Aquarium. or Museum of Science and