Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Formation Timeline

Wisconsin Territory (Wikipedia)

The Creation of the Wisconsin Territory

Read More About It

"Wisconsin: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions and Persons" by George Peck

"History of Crawford and Richland Counties

"Wisconsin: Its Counties, Townships and Villages" by Wendy Uncapher and Linda Herrick



Interesting Fact:

Brown and Crawford counties remained when the Wisconsin Territory was formed, but Michilimackinac became part of the upper penninsula of the state of Michigan. It was renamed Mackinac County.

Study Questions:

  • How many counties are in Wisconsin today?
  • What is the name of your county? When was it created?
  • Draw a map of Wisconsin and show the location of the three counties of 1818.

    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 26:

    1825: The Erie Canal opens.

  • October 26

    October 26, 1818: Wisconsin was divided into three counties when it was part of the Michigan Territory. The northern county was named Michilimackinac County, the eastern county was named Brown County and the western county was named Crawford County.

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