Dunbar, Wisconsin

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See also Dunbar (disambiguation)

Dunbar is a town in Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,303 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Dunbar is located in the town.



The town was founded in 1888 during a period of thriving logging industry in the Wisconsin northern woods. At that time the railroad was the main means of transporting logs from Dunbar to the southern part of the state and Illinois. Before the town was officially founded there was a restaurant where a cook with the surname Dunbar worked. Whenever the railroad stopped at that part of the area they brought food and supplies for the restaurant. The railroad workers said they were bringing things "to Dunbar" the cook. Eventually when the town was founded it was after the cook's surname.[3][4]

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 105.2 square miles (272.5 km²), of which, 104.4 square miles (270.4 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (0.74%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,303 people, 274 households, and 195 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.5 people per square mile (4.8/km²). There were 793 housing units at an average density of 7.6/sq mi (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.62% White, 0.08% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

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