The Place of the bear. Profile of Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin. A small town that has become a focal point,growth, and History (edit/delete)

In the Southern end of Waukesha County sits a magificent area known as Mukwonago. A very pleasant town and Village that retains it's charm, and small town atmosphere.

Sure, growth can be seen by all the Commercial development out by the major interstate, but the town and the Village have done a magnificent job of maintaining beautiful old buildings, charming Lakes and Rivers, nature preserves, and santuaries, and large community parks. There is also the beautiful Vernon Marsh; a true show of nature, balance, and a large working eco system that is to be admired.

Mukwonago is situated at the southwestern flank of the sprawling Vernon Marsh, and encircles Upper and Lower Phantom Lake(s). The lakes lie midway along the Mukwonago River from its source springs to its meeting with the Fox River, which travels further southeast through Big Bend and beyond.

The area was originally a Native American village and the tribal seat of the Bear Clan of the Potowatomi Indians. The actual name "Mukwonago" is derived from "mequanego" which translates to Place of the Bear. The city name of Mukwonago was adopted in 1844 due to the similarity to Mequon, since this was before the zip code days. Many of the streets and roads are named after their founders, such as Ira Blood, Sewall Andrews, and Thomas Sugden.

 In the spring of 1836, Sewall Andrews and Henry Camp (the first "white settlers") constructed their homes about a mile northwest of the Indian village. Also in 1836, Mukwonago's first plat was drawn; most of the streets in the old part of the Village still bear the names of the early settlers. The Andrews house still stands today and is now home to the Mukwonago Red Brick House Museum. In the spring of 1836, Andrews started the Village's first mercantile business and built a store on what was to become "the Village Square."

For the rest of the 1800s, Mukwonago expanded as a farming community. During this period, dairy and crop production were the main economic activities. In 1885, completion of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (the Soo Line, now part of Canadian Pacific) - which runs through the Village - provided the population with transportation and distribution of its products.

In the early 1900s, as the Mukwonago area was "discovered", travelers came to enjoy the recreational activities afforded by the lakes, springs and outdoors, and the hospitality and tourism trades began to grow. Day trips to the area became convenient with the interurban line, which the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company ran from Milwaukee to East Troy.

The area remained relatively static and contained through the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, however, new home construction, subdivision development and business expansion escalated; the size of the Village itself grew through annexation. Interstate 43 (the Rock Freeway) was constructed. Running from Milwaukee to Beloit and passing through Mukwonago, it created a simple and convenient connection to both Milwaukee and Illinois.



Mukwonago is a town and Village that you can enjoy for a day, a week, a lifetime. Interested in any material on Mukwonago? Please call a Broker that knows Mukwonago very well, and would love to be of service to you whether youare buying or selling Residential, Commercial, or Investment.

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Comments (1)

Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


I'm always intrigued to read about the cities, towns and villages in your area....particularly the history and how many of them were originally native settlements.  The native names are very beautiful and fit the lakes and original wilderness areas perfectly.

I wish I could travel back in time and see the region before all of the development took place...not only there in Wisconsin, but also here in Ontario and in New York and Vermont.


Oct 12, 2008 09:07 AM