De Pere, Wisconsin

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De Pere is a city located in Brown County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 20,559 at the 2000 census. De Pere is a suburb of Green Bay and is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Registered historic places

De Pere has two areas on the National Register of Historic Places. North Broadway Street Historic District is listed as #83003368. Large homes line Broadway, Ridgeway Blvd., Morris, Fulton, Franklin, Cass, Front, and Wisconsin Streets near the Fox River.[3]

The De Pere Lock and Dam Historic District (#93001331) was added in 1993.[4]

History

In 1671 French Jesuit explorer Père Claude-Jean Allouez founded the St. Francis Xavier Mission at the last set of rapids on the Fox River before entering the Bay of Green Bay. The site was known as Rapides Des Pères (rapids of the fathers) which became modern day De Pere.

Originally De Pere consisted of only the community on the east side of the river; however, in 1890 the City of West De Pere, on the west side of the river, consolidated with the city of De Pere to form one community.

St. Norbert College, which abuts the banks of the Fox River on the city's west side near the Claude Allouez Bridge, was founded by Norbertine Abbot Pennings in 1898.

A ticket for Powerball bought in De Pere won the jackpot in the September 5, 2007 drawing. The winner chose the $13.7 million cash option.

Geography

De Pere is located at 44°26′46″N 88°4′27″W / 44.44611°N 88.07417°W / 44.44611; -88.07417 (44.4460910,-88.0740510).[5]

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