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Kaukauna

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Kaukauna is a city in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. It is situated on the Fox River, approximately 100 miles (161 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 15,462 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Appleton, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryKaukauna is a Native American word and in various dialects means "portage," "long portage," "place where pickerel are caught," and "place of pike." Prior to 1880, and shortly afterwards, Kaukauna was known as "The Lion on the Fox." This nickname was changed to "The Electric City" upon the completion of the hydroelectric plant. When the city was incorporated in 1885, it was separated from the adjacent rural parts of the town. The first recorded land deed in Wisconsin was assigned to Dominique Ducharme in 1793. He obtained 1,281 acres from the Menominee Indians for 2 barrels of rum and other gifts. These acres are the original site of the town of Kaukauna. The property was purchased by Charles A. Grignon (and recorded Dec. 18, 1828), who built a mansion on the river on Kaukauna's north side. The home, which bears Grignon's name, is operated as a museum by the Outagamie County Historical Society.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.06sqmi, of which, 7.66sqmi is land and 0.40sqmi is water.
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