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Wisconsin city origins: Lac Courte Orielle

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(Image courtesy of www.tjkwoodwright.com)

Editor’s note: This is the second in a multi-part series of blogs searching the history of Wisconsin cities.

By Jeff Moore

Lac Courte Orielle was a name given to the Ottawa Anishinaabe peoples by 17th-century French traders who first encountered them at Ottawa Lake (Odaawaa-zaaga’iganiingin the Ojibwe language).

The French name translates to “Lake Short Ears” as the French traders thought that the Ottawa Anishinaabe folks had cut the rims off of their ears when, in fact, they just had naturally shorter ears than the French traders were accustomed to seeing on those indigenous people’s heads.

The lake is oddly shaped and contains many peninsulas and bays, is about six miles long in a southwest to northeast direction with a maximum width of about two miles.

Lac Courte Oreilles is 5,038.8 acres in size with a maximum depth of 90 feet and has 25.4 miles of shoreline.

Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1819.

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