Hortonville, Wisconsin

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Hortonville is a village in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,357 at the 2000 census.



The village was founded in 1848 by landowner Alonzo Horton. One of Father Horton's first priorities was to dam Black Otter Creek, creating the 75-acre (300,000 m2) Black Otter Lake. After laying out a plat for the community and encouraging development by giving much of the land away, Horton was swayed westward by the California Gold Rush. He later developed the city of San Diego, California.[3]

On August 11, 1894, the settlement was incorporated as the Village of Hortonville. At that time, it had one of the first match light factories in the world.[4]

During World War II, a German POW camp was established in Hortonville along County Hwy MM on the north side of the village.[5]

In 1981, the Hortonville Community Hall, also known as the Hortonville Opera House, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Hortonville is located at 44°20′7″N 88°38′20″W / 44.33528°N 88.63889°W / 44.33528; -88.63889 (44.335196, -88.638847)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.2 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.52%) is water.

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