Marinette, Wisconsin

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Marinette is a city in and the county seat of Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States.[3] The population was 11,749 at the 2000 census.

Marinette is the principal city of the Marinette, WI–MI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Marinette County, Wisconsin and Menominee County, Michigan.

It is located about 50 miles north of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Name

The name Marinette comes from the name of an early fur-trader's common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier (1784, Langlade County–1865, Green Bay). She was a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River and came to be known as "Queen Marinette."[4] After her death, she was buried in Allouez, but was reinterred in a sarcophagus at the Forest Home Mausoleum in Marinette in 1987. Her original tombstone is on display at the museum on Stephenson Island in Marinette.[5]

History

Marinette was first settled by a small Algonquin tribe, then became a French fur trading post in the 19th century. In the late 19th century it experienced a "lumber boom" as a result of its location along the Menominee River and next to Green Bay. Lumbering trailed off at the turn of the 20th century, but the town has continued to take advantage of its position along those bodies of water with major paper mills, and other plants such as Marinette Marine, a shipyard owned by the Italian firm, Fincantieri, Ansul/Tyco, a manufacturer of fire protection systems, and Thyssen Krupp Waupaca Foundry, a leading competitor in agricultural and automotive manufacturing.

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