Brule, Wisconsin

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Brule is a town in Douglas County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 591 at the 2000 census. The town takes its name from the nearby Bois Brule River, which flows north into Lake Superior. The unincorporated communities of Brule, and Winneboujou are located in the town.



U.S. Highway 2 and Wisconsin Highway 27 are two of the main arterial routes in the community.


The Town of Brule was founded on November 13, 1886.[3]

The Brule River is one of the preeminent trout streams in North America, with abundant native and migratory steelhead, brown, and brook trout. Located near the primary trout spawning bed for western Lake Superior, Brule is a destination for serious fly fishermen from the around the world.

Four United States presidents, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower, have summered near Brule in some of the many Adirondack-style lodges erected by prominent families from Minneapolis and Milwaukee.[4]

In 1899, Professor Ulysses Sherman Grant, of Northwestern University, inspected the Brule, Wisconsin area for ancient copper deposits.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.9 square miles (144.7 km²), of which, 55.7 square miles (144.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 591 people, 244 households, and 165 families residing in the town. The population density was 10.6 people per square mile (4.1/km²). There were 270 housing units at an average density of 4.8/sq mi (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 1.18% Native American, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

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