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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest and largest public university in the state, and is often referred to as the "Harvard of the Midwest." It was founded in 1848, just two months after Wisconsin became a state.
Walworth County, located in southeastern Wisconsin, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was initially inhabited by indigenous tribes, including the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk peoples, who lived off the land and utilized the nearby waterways for transportation and trade.

European settlers began to arrive in the region in the early 1830s, attracted by the fertile land and abundant natural resources. In 1836, the Wisconsin Territory was established, and Walworth County was officially formed in 1838. The county was named in honor of Reuben H. Walworth, a prominent lawyer and judge from New York.

During the mid-19th century, agriculture became a vital industry in Walworth County. Farmers took advantage of the fertile soil to cultivate crops such as wheat, corn, oats, and barley. The county also became known for its thriving dairy industry, with numerous cheese factories and creameries being established.

In addition to agriculture, tourism also played a significant role in the county's history. With its picturesque lakes and scenic landscapes, Walworth County became a popular destination for city dwellers looking for a respite from urban life. Resorts, hotels, and summer cottages began to dot the shoreline of Geneva Lake, attracting visitors from Chicago and other nearby cities.

Today, Walworth County continues to thrive as a vibrant community with a diverse economy. It remains an attractive destination for tourists, offering a wide range of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, golfing, and hiking. The county also boasts a strong agricultural sector, with numerous small farms and farmers' markets, as well as a growing manufacturing and service industry.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Walworth County, Wisconsin.

  • 1836 - Walworth County is established on January 28.
  • 1838 - The first settlers arrive in the area.
  • 1840 - The first post office is established in Elkhorn.
  • 1843 - The first courthouse is built.
  • 1844 - The first newspaper, the "Walworth County Democrat," is published.
  • 1851 - The Wisconsin, Fox Lake, and Mississippi Railroad reaches Walworth County.
  • 1852 - The Walworth County Fair is established and held for the first time.
  • 1860 - The population of Walworth County reaches over 22,000.
  • 1894 - The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake is incorporated.
  • 1897 - Richard B. Smith founds the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan.
  • 1941 - The Army Air Force opens the Lake Geneva Air Park.
  • 1965 - The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater opens its new campus in Whitewater.
  • 1984 - Lake Geneva hosts the sailing events of the Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
  • 1998 - The Walworth County Historical Society is founded.