Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Pleasant Prairie is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin located between Milwaukee and Chicago. The population was 16,136 at the 2000 census. The neighborhoods of Carol Beach, Dexter's Corner, Ranney, and Tobin are located within the village.



Pleasant Prairie is located at 42°32′20″N 87°52′13″W / 42.53889°N 87.87028°W / 42.53889; -87.87028 (42.538820, -87.870229)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 33.6 square miles (87.0 km²), of which, 33.5 square miles (86.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.


Carol Beach

Carol Beach is a residential neighborhood located in Pleasant Prairie.[4] It is generally bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, the Wisconsin-Illinois border to the south, Sheridan Road (Wisconsin State Highway 32) to the west, and 80th Street to the north. It is the location of the Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area preserve.

Carol Beach traces its roots to 1924, the year that Edith Rockefeller McCormick of Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John D. Rockefeller and daughter-in-law of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, purchased a 1,554-acre (6 km2) land parcel to found a new community which soon adopted the name "Chiwaukee" (the area is nearly equidistant between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Chiwaukee was to have its own business district, golf course and playground, and its homes were to be constructed in the Tudor style. A promotional arch was constructed over Sheridan Road to inform passersby of the new, planned community. A street network was installed, with Lake Shore Drive as the main thoroughfare.

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