Douglas County, Wisconsin

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Douglas County is a county located at the north-west corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 43,287. Its county seat is Superior.[1]

A portion of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation is in the county.

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History

Douglas County, named after Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, was established on February 8, 1854, from the larger La Pointe County, Wisconsin, and the City of Superior was immediately selected as the county seat.[2]

In Wisconsin's 1952 U.S. Senate primary, Douglas County was one of two counties (out of 71 in the state at the time) that Sen. Joe McCarthy did not carry.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,480 square miles (3,833.2 km2), of which 1,309 square miles (3,390.3 km2) is land and 171 square miles (442.9 km2) (11.54%) is water.

Adjacent counties

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