Door County Wisconsin
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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."
During the 19th century, various groups of Native Americans occupied the area that would become Door County and its islands. Beginning in mid-century, these Indians, mostly Potawatomi, were removed from the peninsula by the federal government under the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Later in the 19th century there was a fairly large-scale immigration of Belgian Walloons, who populated a small region in the county.
In recent times, the county is a popular tourist spot during summers.
The county seat is Sturgeon Bay.
Sturgeon Bay (county seat)
Villages and Towns and Census-designted Places
Egg Harbor * Ephraim * Forestville * Sister Bay
Baileys Harbor * Brussels * Clay Banks * Gardner * Gibraltar * Jacksonport *
Liberty Grove * Nasewaupee * Sevastopol * Sturgeon Bay * Union * Washington
Ellison Bay * Little Sturgeon
Plus many unincorporated communities.
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