Suamico, Wisconsin

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"Suamico" redirects here. For the Oconto County town, see Little Suamico, Wisconsin.

Suamico is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 8,686 at the 2000 census. The neighborhood community of Flintville is located within the village. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Economy and government

Suamico is the home of Northeast Wisconsin’s Zoo (NEW Zoo), fishing and boating on the Suamico River and the shore of Green Bay, and many retail and commercial shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

Suamico is also home to a variety of commercial and light industrial firms including Green Bay Cheese and Winona Foods.

Suamico, incorporated to a village in September 2003, is governed by a seven member village board who are elected to three year terms.

History

"The Indian name Oussuamigong, now spelled Suamico, has several disputed meanings. Father Chrysostom Verwyst explains the meaning as 'place of the yellow beaver.' Father Jones translates it as 'at the beaver's tale.' Rev. E.P. Wheeler of Ashland, whose study of the Wisconsin Indians has made him an authority, says it means 'yellow residence place.' It has also been accepted that it means 'point or tail of land,' or 'the beaver's tail,' which suits us best." It is believed the name comes from an Indian word meaning small or little beaver, although this has not been determined with certainty.[3] The original settlement of Suamico was a small fishing community on Green Bay. Little evidence of it, apart from some small housing plots, remains. In a referendum in September 2003, the Town of Suamico voted to become incorporated, becoming the village of Suamico. The village is an affluent bedroom community mostly developed since 1980.[3]

Suamico is pronounced (swam ĭ kō). The name Suamico is believed to have come from the Menominee Indians which means: Mäte Sue'mako Tusi'niniu, "Great Sand Bar People," on the sand dunes at what is now called Big Suamico, on Green Bay. Other sources also indicate that the name stands for: beaver tail, yellow beaver, or swan.

Big Suamico was the unofficial name for the river, township, and village called Suamico. It was used to distinguish themselves from the Little Suamico River and Township immediately north in Oconto County. The Suamico and Fort Howard Road was the first declared county road in Brown County laid out between Big Suamico and Fort Howard in 1849-50. It followed a former Indian trail. The Suamico River flows generally eastward through Pittsfield and Suamico Townships into Green Bay.

Suamico was first established by Legislature on August 2, 1848, from Howard. It was apparently dropped when Oconto County was established on February 6, 1851. It was then re-established to its current size by the County Board on March 16, 1858. Suamico was an excellent farming country and raising stock was profitable. Industry of the 1850s and '60s was milling and there were large sawmills along the Suamico River. The Suamico Post Office was established on July 20, 1857, with John Bruce as Postmaster. It was platted by John Bruce in 1873.

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