Muskego, Wisconsin

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Muskego is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 21,397.[1] Its 2006-2008 estimated population was 22,851.[1] Muskego is the fifth largest community in Waukesha County.[citation needed] The name Muskego is derived from the Potawatomi Indian name for the area, "Mus-kee-Guaac",[3] meaning sunfish. The Potawatomi were the original inhabitants of Muskego.[4] There are three lakes within the city's boundaries.

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History

Once an agricultural area, Muskego was incorporated as a city in 1964. When it became a city it included the hamlets of Tess Corners and Durham Hill. With an increase in housing developments in the city, it has become a bedroom community for Milwaukee. In the past few years, more commercial developments have been built or planned in Muskego, including a GE Medical Distribution Center, and a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Muskego Beach Amusement Park

Muskego Beach Amusement Park (1861–1967)[5], later known as DandeLion Park[6](1968–1977)[5], was a popular amusement park located on the southern bank of Little Muskego Lake. It was at some point home of the world's fastest roller coaster.[citation needed]

Charles Rose, operator of Wisconsin State Fair Park purchased Muskego Beach Amusement Park from Mrs. William Boszhardt in 1944. After World War II he reopened it. The park included rides, games of chance and was a venue for musical bands. Charles Rose died in 1963 and five years later, Willard Masterson purchased the park. He renamed it, "DandiLion Park" and added more amusement rides including the Tailspin roller coaster. In 1974 an eleven year old boy fell from the ferris wheel and died.[citation needed]

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