Waupun, Wisconsin

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Waupun (pronounced /wəˈpɑːn/)[3] is a city in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 10,718 at the 2000 census. In Fond du Lac County, there is also the Town of Waupun which abuts the city of Waupun.

Waupun comes for the Indian name of "Waubun" which means "dawn of day". In fact Waupun was originally suppose to be named "Waubun" but the State of Wisconsin made a spelling error, and Waupun never bothered to change it.

Waupun also has the most outdoor public sculpture per capita of any city in North America. This includes the world famous "End of the Trail" statue, The Dawn of Day, the Who Sows Believes in God, the Pioneers, and The Recording Angel among others. These statues are in Waupun because of the donation of Clarence Addison Shaler. Mr. Shaler is buried by his wife in Waupun's Forest Mound Cemetery.



Waupun is located at 43°37′54″N 88°44′9″W / 43.63167°N 88.73583°W / 43.63167; -88.73583 (43.631577, -88.735835)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,718 people, 3,351 households, and 2,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,906.3 people per square mile (1,121.5/km²). There were 3,512 housing units at an average density of 952.3/sq mi (367.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.06% White, 11.81% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.84% of the population.

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