County List



County County Seat Created Origin Named For Host Map
Adams County Friendship 1848 Portage John Quincy Adams, President of the United States Jeanne Hicks
Ashland County Ashland 1860 Unorganized Ashland, Henry Clay's Estate in KY Jan Cortez
Bad Axe   1851   renamed Vernon County 1862 Defunct No Map
Barron County Barron 1874 Dalles and Polk Henry D Barron, legislator and circuit court judge ADOPTABLE
Bayfield County Washburn 1866 Ashland Henry Bayfield, Royal naval officer and first to survey the Great Lakes area Jan Cortez
Brown County Green Bay 1818 Unorganized Maj Gen Jacob Brown, a commanding general of the United States Army during the War of 1812 ADOPTABLE
Buffalo County Alma 1853 Trempealeau The Buffalo River, which flows through the county ADOPTABLE
Burnett County Siren 1856 Polk Thomas P Burnett, state legislator ADOPTABLE
Calumet County Chilton 1836 Unorganized The French word for a Menominee pipe ADOPTABLE
Chippewa County Chippewa Falls 1845 Crawford The Ojibwe nation of Native Americans ADOPTABLE
Clark County Neillsville 1853 Crawford Either George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War General, or A W Clark, founder of Clark's Mill ADOPTABLE
Columbia County Portage 1846 Portage Christopher Columbus Jeanne Hicks
Crawford County Prairie du Chien 1818 Unorganized William Harris Crawford, United States Senator from Georgia and Secretary of the Treasury ADOPTABLE
Dallas County   1859   Renamed Barron County 1874 Defunct No Map
Dane County Madison 1836 Unorganized Nathan Dane, delegate to the First Continental Congress Jeanne Hicks
Dodge County Juneau 1836 Unorganized Henry Dodge, Territorial Governor of Wisconsin Jeanne Hicks
Door County Sturgeon Bay 1851 Brown A dangerous water passage near Door Peninsula known as porte des morts, or "door of the dead" in French ADOPTABLE
Douglas County Superior 1854 Unorganized Stephen Douglas, US Senator ADOPTABLE
Dunn County Menomonie 1854 Chippewa Charles Dunn, state senator and chief justice of Wisconsin Territory ADOPTABLE
Eau Claire County Eau Claire 1856 Chippewa City of Eau Claire, itself French for "clear water" ADOPTABLE
Florence County Florence 1882 Marinette and Oconto Florence Julst, first white woman to settle in the area ADOPTABLE
Fond du Lac County Fond du Lac 1836 Unorganized French for "foot of the lake" ADOPTABLE
Forest County Crandon 1885 Langlade and Oconto Forest which covered most of the area ADOPTABLE
Gates County 1901 Chippewa County Renamed Rusk County 1905 Defunct Defunct No Map
Grant County Lancaster 1836 Unorganized A trader named Grant Jeanne Hicks
Green County Monroe 1836 Unorganized Nathanael Greene, quartermaster general during the American Revolutionary War Jeanne Hicks
Green Lake County Green Lake 1858 Marquette Green Lake, located within the county ADOPTABLE
Iowa County Dodgeville 1829 Unorganized Iowa tribe of Native Americans Jeanne Hicks
Iron County Hurley 1893 Ashland and Oneida Local iron deposits ADOPTABLE
Jackson County Black River Falls 1853 LaCrosse Andrew Jackson, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
Jefferson County Jefferson 1836 Milwaukee Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
Juneau County Mauston 1856 Adams Solomon Juneau, founder of what would become Milwaukee ADOPTABLE
Kenosha County Kenosha 1850 Racine A Native American word meaning "place of the pike" ADOPTABLE
Kewaunee County Kewaunee 1852 Manitowoc Either a Potawatomi word meaning "river of the lost" or a Ojibwe word meaning "prairie hen", "wild duck" or "to go around" ADOPTABLE
LaCrosse County LaCrosse 1851 Unorganized The Native American version of lacrosse ADOPTABLE
Lafayette County Darlington 1846 Iowa Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, a French general in the American Revolutionary War Jeanne Hicks
Langlade County Antigo 1881 New Charles de Langlade, American Revolutionary War veteran and United States Indian Agent in Green Bay ADOPTABLE
LaPointe County   1845 St Croix Renamed Bayfield 1866 Defunct No Map
Lincoln County Merrill 1874 Marathon Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
Manitowoc County Manitowoc 1836 Unorganized Munedoo-owk, a Ojibwe word meaning "the place of the good spirit" ADOPTABLE
Marathon County Wausau 1850 Portage Marathon, Greece ADOPTABLE
Marinette County Marinette 1879 Oconto Marinette Trading Post ADOPTABLE
Marquette County Montello 1836 Marquette District Father Pere Jacques Marquette, missionary and explorer ADOPTABLE
Menominee County Keshena 1961 Menominee Indian Reservation Menominee nation of Native Americans ADOPTABLE
Milwaukee County Milwaukee 1835 Unorganized Mahnawaukee-Seepe, a Native American word meaning "gathering place by the river" ADOPTABLE
Monroe County Sparta 1854 LaCrosse James Monroe, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
New County   1879 Oconto Renamed Langlade 1881 Defunct No Map
Oconto County Oconto 1851 Unorganized A Native American settlement and the Oconto River, whose name means "plentiful with fish" ADOPTABLE
Oneida County Rhinelander 1885 Lincoln Oneida nation of Native Americans ADOPTABLE
Outagamie County Appleton 1851 Brown Outagamie nation of Native Americans ADOPTABLE
Ozaukee County Port Washington 1853 Milwaukee The Ojibwe word for the Sauk nation ADOPTABLE
Pepin County Durand 1858 Dunn Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets, explorers ADOPTABLE
Pierce County Ellsworth 1853 St Croix Franklin Pierce, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
Polk County Balsam Lake 1853 St Croix James Polk, President of the United States ADOPTABLE
Portage County Stevens Point 1836 Unorganized Passage between Fox and Wisconsin Rivers ADOPTABLE
Price County Phillips 1879 Chippewa and Lincoln William T Price, President of the Wisconsin Senate ADOPTABLE
Racine County Racine 1836 Unorganized Racine, the French word for "root", after the Root River, which flows through the county Jan Cortez
Richland County Richland Center 1842 Iowa The rich soil of the area ADOPTABLE
Rock County Janesville 1836 Unorganized The Rock River, which flows through the county Jeanne Hicks
Rusk County Ladysmith 1905 Gates Jeremiah McLain Rusk, Governor of Wisconsin ADOPTABLE
St Croix County Hudson 1840 Unorganized St Croix, French explorer ADOPTABLE
Sauk County Baraboo 1840 Unorganized Sauk nation of Native Americans Jeanne Hicks
Sawyer County Hayward 1883 Oconto Philetus Sawyer, United States Representative and Senator from Wisconsin ADOPTABLE
Shawano County Shawano 1853 Oconto An Ojibwe word meaning "southern" ADOPTABLE
Sheboygan County Sheboygan 1836 Unorganized Shawb-wa-way-kun, a Native American word meaning "great noise underground" ADOPTABLE
Taylor County Medford 1875 Clark, Lincoln, Marathon and Chippewa William Robert Taylor, Governor of Wisconsin ADOPTABLE
Trempealeau County Whitehall 1854 Crawford and LaCrosse Trempealeau Mountain (from the French for "mountain with its foot in the water"), a bluff located in a bend of the Trempealeau River, which flows through the county ADOPTABLE
Vernon County Viroqua 1862 Bad Axe Mount Vernon, Home of George Washington ADOPTABLE
Vilas County Eagle River 1893 Oneida William Vilas, officer in the Civil War, United States Postmaster General, US Secretary of the Interior, and Senator from Wisconsin ADOPTABLE
Walworth County Elkhorn 1836 Unorganized Reuben Hyde Walworth, jurist from New York ADOPTABLE
Washburn County Shell Lake 1883 Burnett Cadwallader Washburn, Governor of Wisconsin and Representative from Wisconsin ADOPTABLE
Washington County West Bend 1836 Unorganized George Washington, First US President ADOPTABLE
Waukesha County Waukesha 1846 Milwaukee Waugooshance, a Pottawatomi word meaning "little foxes" ADOPTABLE
Waupaca County Waupace 1851 Brown and Winnebago wau-pa-ka-ho-nak, a Menominee word meaning "white sand bottom" or "brave young hero" ADOPTABLE
Waushara County Wautoma 1851 Marquette A Native American word meaning "good earth" Jan Cortez
Winnebago County Oshkosh 1840 Unorganized Winnebago nation of Native Americans Jan Cortez
Wood County Wisconsin Rapids 1856 Portage Joseph Wood, state legislator Jeanne Hicks


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