Marinette, Wisconsin

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Marinette, Wisconsin
Motto: "Your city on the bay!"
Location of Marinette, Wisconsin
Location of Marinette, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°06′00″N 87°37′50″W / 45.10000°N 87.63056°W / 45.10000; -87.63056Coordinates: 45°06′00″N 87°37′50″W / 45.10000°N 87.63056°W / 45.10000; -87.63056
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Marinette
 • Type City
 • Mayor Denise Ruleau
 • Total 8.13 sq mi (21.06 km2)
 • Land 6.83 sq mi (17.69 km2)
 • Water 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
Elevation[2] 594 ft (181 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 10,968
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 10,862
 • Density 1,605.9/sq mi (620.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-49300[5]
GNIS feature ID 1569039[2]

Marinette is a city in and the county seat of Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States.[6] It is located on the bay of Green Bay, part of Lake Michigan; to the north is the Menominee River, and in between is Stephenson Island.[7]

Marinette is the principal city of the Marinette, WI–MI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Marinette County, Wisconsin and Menominee County, Michigan. The population was 10,968 at the 2010 census.


Welcome sign

The name Marinette comes from the name of an early fur trader's common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier (1793, Langlade County – 1865, Green Bay).[8][9][10] She was a French-Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River and came to be known as "Queen Marinette."[11] After her death, she was buried in Allouez. Chevalier was reinterred in a sarcophagus at the Forest Home Mausoleum in Marinette in 1987. Her original tombstone is on display at the museum on Stephenson Island in Marinette.[12]


Marinette County Courthouse
Stephenson Public Library

Marinette was first settled by a small Algonquin tribe, known as "the wild rice people", consisting of 40 to 80 men. They lived on the mouth of the Menominee River in the 17th and 18th century. In the 19th century, the settlement became a French fur trading post. The first white settler was Stanislaus Chappu, also known as Chappee. In the late 19th century the city experienced a lumber boom because of its location along the Menominee River and next to Green Bay. Although lumbering trailed off at the start of the 20th century, the town has continued to take advantage of its position along those bodies of water, with a major paper mill (Kimberly Clark), and other plants such as Marinette Marine, a shipyard owned by the Italian firm, Fincantieri; Ansul/Tyco, a manufacturer of fire protection systems; Waupaca Foundry, KS Kolbenschmidt US Inc. formerly known as Karl Schmidt Unisia, Inc.,[13] cast and machined automotive parts; and Silvan Industries, a manufacturer of pressure vessels and part of the Samuel Pressure Vessel Group.[14]

Marinette also contains what is now the neighborhood of Menekaunee, which was formerly an independent village.[15] The first white settlers came to Menekaunee in 1845.[16] For some time Menekaunee was also known as East Marinette.[17] The name Menekaunee is of Menominee origin, from Minikani Se'peu 'village or town river'.[18]


Marinette is at 45°5'31" North, 87°37'43" West (45.091983, -87.628714).[19]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.13 square miles (21.06 km2), of which, 6.83 square miles (17.69 km2) is land and 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2) is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,412
1890 11,523 112.9%
1900 16,195 40.5%
1910 14,610 −9.8%
1920 13,610 −6.8%
1930 13,734 0.9%
1940 14,183 3.3%
1950 14,178 0.0%
1960 13,329 −6.0%
1970 12,696 −4.7%
1980 11,965 −5.8%
1990 11,843 −1.0%
2000 11,749 −0.8%
2010 10,968 −6.6%

Population peaked circa 1900, vacillated for a few decades, and has steadily declined since 1940, as shown in the table at right.[5]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 10,968 people, 4,934 households, and 2,801 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,605.9 inhabitants per square mile (620.0/km2). There were 5,464 housing units at an average density of 800.0 per square mile (308.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 4,934 households of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.2% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there are 11,749 people, 5,095 households, and 2,975 families residing in the city. The population density is 671.1/km² (1,598/sq mi). There are 5,553 housing units at an average density of 821.7 per square mile (317.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 97.43% White, 0.37% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,095 households out of which 28.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% are married couples living together, 10.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% are non-families. 36.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.24 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,743, and the median income for a family is $41,996. Males have a median income of $32,161 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,852. 9.0% of the population and 6.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.2% are under the age of 18 and 12.7% are 65 or older.



No interstate highways pass through Marinette.


C&NW locomotives.


Historically, the Chicago and Northwestern Railway served Marinette. There is currently no passenger rail service in Marinette. Freight rail service is still available. Freight railroad service is now provided by Wisconsin Central Ltd. which is the legal name of the Canadian National Railway Company in Wisconsin. However, the railroad right of way between the crossing of U.S. Hwy. 41, just north of Velp Avenue in Green Bay, and the WCL right of way, is also legally known as the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company right of way, also known as the "Super Sam." The Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad Company also provides freight railroad service to Marinette by means of an Agreement with CN to use CN trackage from Escanaba to Marinette. The E&LS line from Wausaukee to Marinette is currently not much used by E&LS to serve Marinette, but is property of E&LS, on the former Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Co.) right of way.


The nearest airport is the Menominee-Marinette Twin County Airport in Menominee, Michigan. Historically, commercial service was provided by North Central Airlines. This airport no longer has commercial service, but is available for private aircraft.

The closest airport offering commercial transportation is Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, about an hour away.


Historically, a ferry connected the twin city of Menominee, Michigan to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. There is currently no ferry service to Marinette or Menominee.


The Marinette area is home to a variety of industries, including shipbuilding, auto parts, chemicals, helicopters, airplane components, pressure vessels, and paper making. Marinette is also a regional health care center.

The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce plays an active role in area tourism efforts, and provides venues for small businesses, young employees and professional women to network and learn. The organization also provides opportunities for business people and educators to work together to enhance opportunities for students. The organization merged with a chamber in neighboring Menominee, Michigan in 2005, and now includes more than 400 member businesses.[21]

Median household income in Marinette is $31,700, compared with $43,800 for the state of Wisconsin.[22]

Housing market[edit]

Most housing in Marinette was constructed during the historical years of growth of the early 20th century. More than half of all homes (53%) were built before 1950, with a majority of those (45% of all homes) having been built prior to 1940. These numbers are about twice the rate of older homes in the rest of the state of Wisconsin. The median value of owner-occupied housing in Marinette is $58,100, compared to the state average of $112,200.[22]


Marinette is served by the Marinette School District. Marinette High School shares a historic football rivalry with the neighboring high school in Menominee, Michigan. The two have hosted the oldest interstate rivalry between two public high schools in the country, dating back to 1894.[23][24][25]

Marinette is home to the University of Wisconsin–Marinette, a two-year campus of the University of Wisconsin Colleges. UW–Marinette produces Theatre on the Bay, a community theatre program.[26] The city is also home to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Marinette Campus.


Marinette shares a hospital, community foundation, newspaper and chamber of commerce with Menominee. Numerous city groups work together to benefit the entire, two-city, two-county community.

University of Wisconsin-Marinette is the home to both Theatre on the Bay and Children's Theatre. All performances are held in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the UW-Marinette Campus. Together the two organizations traditionally present 2 musicals and 3 straight plays to the community.



Marinette's daily newspaper is the EagleHerald.[27] It was formed as a result of a merger between the Marinette Eagle-Star and the Menominee Herald-Leader. Printing facilities are at the former Eagle-Star location in Marinette. Owned by Bliss Communications Inc., the EagleHerald has a circulation of just over 10,000.[28] The paper traces its origins back to 24 June 1871, when the Marinette and Peshtigo Eagle was founded. It became a semi-weekly paper in 1885 and a daily in 1892. In 1903 the paper took over the Marinette North Star and renamed itself the Marinette Eagle-Star.[29]


WMAM radio station in 2011.

The following radio stations are licensed to Marinette:


Frequency Callsign[30] Format[31] Notes
570 WMAM Sports


Frequency Callsign[32] Format[31] Notes
92.5 WLCJ-LP Catholic
95.1 WLST Country music
107.7 WLWR-LP Variety


There are no broadcast television stations in the Marinette micropolitan area.

Recreation and tourism[edit]

Marinette City Hall and Police Department

Marinette offers a variety of recreational activities and major events throughout the year. Tourism is promoted by the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce.


Marinette has 5 parks[33] that offer sightseeing, fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, swimming, tennis, ice skating, picnic areas, baseball, and hiking. They are:

Fishing and boating[edit]

Marinette is located along the Menominee River and along Green Bay, a major bay of Lake Michigan. Both bodies of water offer fishing and boating opportunities. There are several local events related to these sports, such as fishing derbies and sailboat races.

Visitors to the area are cautioned that county permits are not valid for use at the four city launches.[34]

Major events[edit]

  • Marinette Logging and Heritage Fest (which replaced the Annual 4 July Celebration in 2012) occurs in mid-July[35]
  • Art for All, a juried art show
  • Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce and member businesses
  • Productions from Theatre on the Bay, a university-community theater company founded in 1967

Popular culture[edit]

In 2003, the Pete Schwaba film The Godfather of Green Bay was shot in Marinette and its neighboring city, Menominee, Michigan.

Notable people[edit]


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  14. ^ Samuel Pressure Vessel Group
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  26. ^ Theatre on the Bay
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  33. ^ City of Marinette. "The Marinette City Park System" Accessed 30-Nov-2012
  34. ^ City of Marinette. "Other Marinette City Parks Information" Accessed 30-Nov-2012
  35. ^ City of Marinette. Logging Heritage Brochure. Accessed 30-Nov-2012

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