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Door County, created in 1851 from Brown County, is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and
Washington Island. The dangerous passage, now littered with shipwrecks, was known to early French explorers and
local Native Americans.
Because of the natural hazards of the strait, they gave it the French appellation Porte des Morts Passage, which
in English means the "Door to the Way to Death."
Its county seat is Sturgeon Bay.
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