Fast Fun Facts

Fast Fun Facts


There's a lot more to Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago Region than just great folks, great food and great things to see and do all year long. There's a lot of history, a good amount of trivia and some head scratchers, too. Test your knowledge!

The city of Fond du Lac is situated on the southern shores of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest inland lake.

In 1785 Laurent Ducharme established a trading post at the forks of the Fond du Lac river. The name Fond du Lac is a French term that translates loosely into "the foot of lake."

The Winnebagos were the major tribe to occupy the Fond du Lac area.

Fond du Lac was founded in 1836 and incorporated as a city in 1852.

Lake Winnebago has 131,939 acres, 88 miles of shoreline and is approximately 28 miles long by 10 miles wide.

Fond du Lac County is home to more than 42 lakes plus numerous rivers and trout streams to lure the anglers.

The Fond du Lac County park system includes 14 county parks and a public hunting ground that together total more than 1,200 acres.

Lakeside Park contains more than 400 acres (1.6 km2) of open recreational space on the south end of Lake Winnebago.

The Fond du Lac County recreation trail system includes six year-round multiple-purpose recreation trails, providing more than 50 miles of hiking, running, cross-country skiing and bicycling opportunities. Additionally, 293 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails open each winter for local and long distance snowmobiling.

Fond du Lac County ranks second for total milk production and third for the number of dairy cows in the state.

Chester Hazen built Wisconsin's first traditional cheese factory in the town of Ladoga in Fond du Lac County.

Heralded by Life magazine as one of "the famous Daly sisters", the eldest, Maureen, wrote Seventeenth Summer, which takes place in her hometown of Fond du Lac. Her novel was attributed to beginning the Young Adult genre of literature and is still in print today.

Fond du Lac is historically named one of the top-20 safest cities in the United States.

Once upon a long time ago, Fond du Lac and surrounding farms were used as safe havens during prohibition. Bootleggers would use homemade strap-on hooves to escape authorities in overnight hours.

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