About Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate
Newport of the West
Welcome to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin!
Oconomowoc is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee. The name, Oconomowoc (oe-KAHN'-ah-mah-WOK), was derived from "Coo-no-mo-wauk," the native Potawatomie term for distinguishing a waterfall in the vicinity. The city is located partially within the Oconomowoc township. There is also the nearby Village of Oconomowoc, Town of Oconomowoc and Oconomowoc Lake. Oconomowoc's population was 12,382 at the 2000 census.
Although frequented by French fur traders and trappers since the early 1800s, the founding and development of Oconomowoc began in 1837 when the first white man, Charles Sheldon, came to the area to build his home. As word of its beauty and natural wealth spread, more tradesmen began to arrive. One such early settler was a young man by the name of John S. Rockwell. He built the grist mill, owned the first store and hotel, and donated sites to all the churches. He started the fire department, the library, the elementary school and a young ladies convent called Bord du Lac. His stoutheartedness and ingenuity earned him the title "Father of Oconomowoc."
Combining the rapid growth of the town together with its idyllic setting and natural assets, Oconomowoc quickly became a hub for the wealthy families of the midwestern states as the ideal summer location for their homes, parties and special events. Large and elaborate mansions graced the lakeshores of the area, as well as luxuriant ancillary buildings and grounds groomed daily to add to their owners' high lifestyles. Fueled by its growing reputation, Oconomowoc entered a new era marked by the title "Newport of the West." This era began in the 1870s and continued into the 1930s. Lured by Oconomowoc's great beauty, families of wealth from Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee crowded its lake shores with palatial, colonnaded country mansions and lavish landscapes. At one time, Lake Road was referred to as Presidents' Avenue since Taft, Grant, Cleveland, Coolidge, McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt had visited and enjoyed famous Draper Hall and the hospitality of its wealthy residents.
Today, many of those structures remain, including the only fieldstone train depot remaining in the Midwest. Victorian homes lining shade-filled streets were uncommonly common in the Oconomowoc of the late-19th and early 20th centuries. The summer mansions have become year-round homes and thriving industries help support what was once primarily heralded as a vacation destination. The largely intact, late 19th century downtown and many stately historic houses are reminders of those years. Historic walking tours around Fowler Lake, either guided or self-guided, provide a snapshot of the grandeur of yesterday.
A city for all seasons, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin offers an abundance of activities and events to delight its residents valuable leisure time. Shoppers find Oconomowoc a paradise of goods from the latest in fashion and unusual art, to stained glasses and exquisite jewelry. And the many lakeside homes offer Oconomowoc citizens relaxing days and pleasant evenings. Some things never change.
For more information on activities in and around Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, visit:
- City of Oconomowoc, WI
- Waukesha County, WI
- Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce
- Oconomowoc, WI Real Estate Summary on IDCide (Local Info Data Server)
- Oconomowoc, WI Google Earth Map
- View Oconomowoc, WI Area Jobs on Career Builder
- View Oconomowoc, WI Area Jobs on Yahoo HotJobs
- Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on Wikipedia.com
- Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on epodunk
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Oconomowoc Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate
As you would expect, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin real estate is highly valued and available homes and properties sell quickly. Charming first-time or senior homes, executive estates, recreational properties for active lives and special view properties of all styles and sizes can be found within or near Oconomowoc. If you?re already picturing yourself owning Oconomowoc, Wisconsin real estate, you?re not alone.
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