Campbell, Wisconsin

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Campbell is a town in the middle of the Mississippi River in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the La Crosse, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,441 at the 2006 census.

All of the town's population resides in its eastern portion, on the section of French Island denoted French Island CDP by the United States Census Bureau. Most of the island is part of the city of La Crosse. The Town of Campbell borders the city of La Crosse.


Two origins of Campbell's name

The town was originally created in 1851, and was officially named after Erasmus D. Campbell, a former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Today, the Town of Campbell is confined to part of a large island bordered by the Mississippi and Black rivers and Lake Onalaska. This island has been traditionally known as "French Island." Joseph French, one of the earliest settlers of the town arrived in May of 1851. French's family originated from Leicestershire, England. Later, French-Canadian settlers, primarily farmers from the Canadian Province of Quebec, settled on the island-part of Campbell, then a much larger town between the incorporated settlements of Onalaska and La Crosse.[3][4][5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.57 square miles (32.556 km²).Of this, 3.84 square miles (9.95 km²) is land and 8.73 square miles (22.6 km²) of it (69.44%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,410 people, 1,754 households, and 1,266 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,148.0 people per square mile (443.4/km²). There were 1,823 housing units at an average density of 474.5/sq mi (183.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.49% White, 0.52% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

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