Seymour, Wisconsin

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Seymour, Wisconsin
City
Nickname(s): Home of the Hamburger[1][2][3][4][5]
Location of Seymour, Wisconsin
Location of Seymour, Wisconsin
Location of Seymour, Wisconsin in Outagamie County
Location of Seymour, Wisconsin in Outagamie County
Coordinates: 44°30′31″N 88°19′42″W / 44.50861°N 88.32833°W / 44.50861; -88.32833Coordinates: 44°30′31″N 88°19′42″W / 44.50861°N 88.32833°W / 44.50861; -88.32833
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Outagamie
Founded 1868
Incorporated 1879 [6]
Government
 • Type Mayor/City Council
 • Mayor Judy Schuette
Area[7]
 • Total 2.67 sq mi (6.92 km2)
 • Land 2.67 sq mi (6.92 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[8] 784 ft (239 m)
Population (2010)[9]
 • Total 3,451
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 3,444
 • Density 1,292.5/sq mi (499.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-72725[11]
GNIS feature ID 1573932[8]
Website http://seymour.govoffice.com/
Looking east
Banner advertises 2006 Burgerfest

Seymour is a city in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,451 at the 2010 census. The city is located within the Town of Seymour and the Town of Osborn.

History[edit]

Seymour was founded in 1868 and named after Governor Horatio Seymour of New York. Seymour is said to have once been called Squeedunk, which means "little settlement" or "village".[citation needed]

William and John Ausbourne were the first settlers in Seymour. They had traveled from western Outagamie County on the Wolf River during the summer of 1857, making their way to the mouth of the Shioc River and moving to a spot where the Black Creek flows into the Shioc. After finding no more roads to follow, the Ausbournes settled in the present location of Seymour, which was occupied by Native Americans at the time. There they built a log house, the only residence in Seymour for two years. Their closest neighbors lived in Osborn.

Over the years more settlers came to Seymour. Willis and Dan Mungers arrived in 1864. They built a house on what is now Main Street and their daughter Sally lived in a frame house on what is now South Main Street. Erastus C. Buttles came during the spring[when?] and established a farm in the western part of the county. Leaonard and Avery Carter arrived in Seymour in 1876, along with Charles Eichler, the first German settler in the area.

As more settlements were established in the area, the population grew. On March 1, 1877 Seymour became a recognized town, along with the towns of Osborn and Freedom.

During the early 1880s, construction of the Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railroad was completed. In 1883 a station was built in Seymour, and soon Seymour was recognized as the smallest incorporated city in the nation.

When the settlers had built their houses, they turned to education, electing a school superintendent and an establishing a school tax..[when?] The schoolhouse was a simple one-room building with no floor and a shake roof.

Between 1887 and 1889 George E. Mendell published the first newspaper, The Aurora, which lasted only three years. On July 8, 1886 the Seymour Press made its first appearance, and was published by the Van Vuren family for over 80 years. It was then sold to the Shellman Publishing Company of Oconto Falls, and is still published today.[12]

"Hamburger" Charlie Nagreen served the world's first hamburger at the Seymour Fair of 1885[13] when he decided to flatten a meatball and place it between slices of bread to increase portability.[14]

The Seymour Community Historical Society was officially incorporated on October 11, 1975. A dedicated group of local historians led by Tom Duffey, Rita Gosse, and Bill Collar established the society with the assistance of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Since its inception, SCHS members have been active in collecting and preserving records and physical objects relating to the city of Seymour and the surrounding area.[15]

On July 21, 2012 the new Seymour Community Museum opened. The new facility built for $1.2 Million dollars which was entirely funded by private donors.[16]

Geography[edit]

Seymour is located at 44°30′30″N 88°19′42″W / 44.50833°N 88.32833°W / 44.50833; -88.32833 (44.508499, -88.3284).[17]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2), all of it land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $44,135, and the median income for a family was $50,746. Males had a median income of $36,789 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,073. About 4.2% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 3,451 people, 1,458 households, and 915 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,292.5 inhabitants per square mile (499.0/km2). There were 1,565 housing units at an average density of 586.1 per square mile (226.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.3% African American, 2.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 1,458 households of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 36.1 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

WIS 55.svg
WIS 55, also marked as Main Street Northbound, routes to Angelica. Southbound, WIS 55 routes to U.S. Highway 41.
WIS 54.svg
WIS 54 Westward routes to Black Creek and New London. Eastward WIS 54 routes to Green Bay.
WIS County C.svg
Going Northbound Hwy C, or Ivory Street, routes to WIS 54/WIS 55. Going Southbound Hwy C routes to Highway E.
WIS County G.svg
Hwy G's, or Pearl Street, Western Terminus is WIS 47 and its Eastern Terminus is Hwy Y.

Airports near Seymour[edit]

Major airports near Seymour include: Austin Straubel International Airport (public), in Ashwaubenon; Outagamie County Regional Airport (public), in Greenville.

Education[edit]

Seymour has one middle school, one high school and one elementary school, all part of the Seymour Community School District. The district was established in 1963 with the consolidation of a number of rural schools. It encompasses 175 square miles (450 km2) of land adjacent to the Fox River Valley Cities of Green Bay and Appleton and covers all or part of 12 municipalities in northern Outagamie and southern Shawano counties. Five schools comprise the district: Rock Ledge Primary Center, Rock Ledge Intermediate Center, Seymour Middle School, Seymour High School and the Black Creek Elementary/Middle School. The school's facilities includes a 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) athletic center that seats over 1,800. The district has an aquatic center with an eight-lane competition pool, a zero depth activity pool and a diving well.

High school basketball[edit]

The Seymour High School boys' basketball team advanced to the Division 2 championship game eight consecutive years, from 2000 through 2007, a state Division 2 record.[citation needed] The team won five Silver Ball trophies (runner-up) and three Gold Ball trophies (1997, 2001, and 2006).[18] Seymour also made appearances at the state tournament in 1935, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 2011.

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Newspapers that serve Seymour include: the Advertiser Community News~Times Press, based in Seymour, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, based in Green Bay, and The Post~Crescent, based in Appleton.

Radio stations[edit]

WKZG (KZ 104.3) is the only radio station located within the city limits.

Television appearances[edit]

On June 30, 2011, "Only in America" with Larry the Cable Guy, from the History Channel, film a segment at the "Home of the Hamburger" for an episode to be aired early 2012.[19]

Religion[edit]

Seymour has six churches: St. John Baptist Catholic Church; St. Sebastian Catholic Church; St Stanislaus Catholic Church; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Seymour Assembly of God; First Baptist Church; and the Seymour United Methodist Church.

Attractions[edit]

Hamburger Hall of Fame[edit]

Seymour's Hamburger Hall of Fame is an elaborate structure that celebrates hamburger history. There is also an annual one-day Burger Fest.[14] In 1989 the world's largest hamburger (5,520 pounds) was served at the festival. Because there have been no challenges to the record, the annual big burger now averages around 190 pounds. The annual festival www.homeofthehamburger.org, which occurs in the first week of August, includes a 5K run Bun Run, the world's longest hamburger parade down Main Street, the hamburger eating contest Balloon Rally, and the ketchup slide. The festival has a different theme each year. A statue of Charlie Nagreen is located on Depot Street.

Outagamie County Fairgrounds[edit]

Outagamie County Fairgrounds grandstands in Seymour

Seymour is home to the annual Outagamie County Fair. Some attractions are the 4-H crafts, livestock, carnival rides and games, and nightly concerts.[20]

Seymour Community Museum[edit]

The Seymour Community Museum collects and preserves records and physical objects relating to the city of Seymour and the surrounding area. The museum is located on Depot Street in downtown Seymour.[21]

Seymour Speedway[edit]

Seymour Speedway, located at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds, is a 13 mile (540 m) clay racetrack, with modern grandstands and facilities. It hosts races in several divisions, including Fastrak Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods, N.E.W. Dirt Street Stocks, N.E.W. Dirt Compact Car, and 4 cylinders. Races are held every Sunday night during the summer.[22] At the end of the season each division crowns a champion based on a points system, much like NASCAR does.

Newton-Blackmour State Trail[edit]

The Newton Blackmour State Trail was completed from Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, through Seymour, to Black Creek in 2009. The trail runs from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin through Seymour, Black Creek, and Shiocton all the way to New London. The trail is used for snowmobiles, snowshoing, and cross country skiing in winter and hiking, biking and horse back riding in summer. The name "Newton-Blackmour" is made up from the four incorporated communities on the trail.

Images[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Seymour centennial, 1868-1968 : the centennial review, historical-photo album. 1968.
  • The Commission. City of Seymour community development plan. 1995.
  • Seymour (Wis.). Common Council. City of Seymour open space and recreation plan. 1995.
  • Koenigs, Lynn E. My corner of the county. 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popik, Barry (19 August 2010). "Home of the Hamburger?". The American Thinker. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Short, Lauri (26 September 2006). "Unique -- and tasty -- stops for your next road trip". CNN. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Official Website of the Home of the Hamburger, Seymour, Wisconsin", Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Official City of Seymour, Wisconsin website", Retrieved 4 August 2011
  5. ^ Greater Outagamie County Economic Development Corporation, City of Seymour, Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Seymour-Wisconsin.html
  7. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ http://www.seymour.k12.wi.us/shs/teachers/Grassel/regionals/history.htm
  13. ^ http://www.seymourhistory.org/news/?id=35
  14. ^ a b Special Attractions and Events
  15. ^ http://www.seymourhistory.org
  16. ^ http://advertisercommunitynews.com/2013/01/completion-of-new-seymour-community-museum-top-story-of-2012
  17. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  18. ^ ::Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association: Home::
  19. ^ Advertiser Community News, "The History Channel puts the Home of the Hamburger in the spotlight", 5 July 2011, retrieved 8 August 2011.
  20. ^ Outagamie County Fair
  21. ^ http://www.seymourhistory.org/museum
  22. ^ Seymour Raceway.. home of N.E.W. Dirt!

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