Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Looking east at downtown Beaver Dam
|Country||United States of America|
|• Mayor||Tom Kennedy|
|• City||8.17 sq mi (21.16 km2)|
|• Land||6.79 sq mi (17.59 km2)|
|• Water||1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2) 16.89%|
|• Estimate (2012)||16,291|
|• Density||2,387.9/sq mi (922.0/km2)|
Beaver Dam is a city in Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States, along Beaver Dam Lake and the Beaver Dam River. The population was 16,345 in 2014, making it the largest city primarily located in Dodge County. It is the principal city of the Beaver Dam Micropolitan Statistical area. The city is located within the Town of Beaver Dam.
- 1 Geography and climate
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Education
- 5 Events
- 6 Government
- 7 References in popular media
- 8 Notable people
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Geography and climate
Beaver Dam is located at (43.459967, −88.836066).
Since 1996, the average annual snowfall in Beaver Dam has been 63.5 inches (161 cm). The 2007–2008 winter season was the snowiest on record with 119.7 inches (304 cm).
|Annual Avg.||10 yr Running Avg.|
As of the census of 2010, there were 16,214 people, 6,819 households, and 4,113 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,387.9 inhabitants per square mile (922.0/km2). There were 7,326 housing units at an average density of 1,078.9 per square mile (416.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.0% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.
There were 6,819 households of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.
The median age in the city was 37.7 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,169 people, 6,349 households, and 3,999 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,904.6 people per square mile (1,122.0/km²). There were 6,685 housing units at an average density of 1,280.1 per square mile (494.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.95% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,349 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,873, and the median income for a family was $46,346. Males had a median income of $33,267 versus $23,513 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,592. About 4.5% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
Beaver Dam was first settled by Thomas Mackie and Joseph Goetschius in 1841, and by 1843 had a population of almost 100. The city was named for an old beaver dam located in a stream flowing into Beaver Dam River. The area had also been known as Okwaanim, Chippewa for beaver dam. The community was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1856. That same year the Milwaukee Railroad reached the area, encouraging further growth. Most of Beaver Dam's original settlers were "Yankee" immigrants from New England, primarily from the state of Vermont.
Beaver Dam hosted a World War II POW camp called Camp Beaver Dam in the summer of 1944. The camp held 300 German prisoners of war in a tent city encampment where the Wayland Academy field house now stands.
Beaver Dam is also home to the Williams Free Library, the first public library in the United States to have open stacks.
The Beaver Dam Unified School District provides public education in the area.
Beaver Dam's six public primary schools for K to 5th grades are: Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, South Beaver Dam Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Wilson Elementary.
Beaver Dam Middle School is the local public middle school teaching 6th through 8th grades.
Beaver Dam High School is the local public high school; its mascot is The Golden Beaver. The city is also home to Wayland Academy, a private school. There is also an alternative school, The Don Smith Learning Academy, which is part of the Beaver Dam Unified School District.
The Beaver Dam campus of Moraine Park Technical College is located in the city.
The following events are held each year in Beaver Dam, WI:
- Cabin Fever Fest – 4th Sunday
- Midwest Cream Cheese Competition – 2nd Saturday
- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 1st Sunday
- Rotary Casino Night – 1st Saturday
- Beaver Dam Area Orchestra Annual Spring Concert – 3rd Saturday
- Nancy's Notions Sewing Exposition – 1st weekend
- Race Into Summer Festival – Sunday of Memorial Day weekend
- Memorial Day Parade – Memorial Day
- Taste of Wisconsin (beer & cheese tasting) – Saturday before Father's Day
- Swan City Classic Car Show – Father's Day
- Lake Days / Swan Park Craft Fair – 2nd weekend
- Dodge County Fair – 3rd Wednesday through the following Sunday
- Corn Roast – 4th Friday
- Economic Update Luncheon – 3rd Wednesday
- Christmas Parade – 1st Saturday
Beaver Dam is represented by Glenn Grothman (R) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the United States Senate. Scott L. Fitzgerald (R) represents Beaver Dam in the Wisconsin State Senate, and by Mark Born (R) in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
References in popular media
Films shot in Beaver Dam
- Public Enemies (2009) starring Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard & Christian Bale
- The Pit (1981) starring Sammy Snyders & Jeannie Elias
- Thirteen Hours by Air (1936) starring Fred MacMurray & Joan Bennett
Films shot about Beaver Dam
- Claire B. Bird, Wisconsin State Senator
- Mark Born, Wisconsin state legislator
- Samuel D. Burchard, U.S. Representative
- Michael E. Burke, U.S. Representative
- Columbus Germain, Wisconsin legislator
- David C. Gowdey, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Andre Jacque, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- William Jones, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Robert Kastenmeier, U.S. Representative
- Walter J. LaBuy, U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois
- Silas W. Lamoreaux, lawyer and politician
- Henry W. Lander, Wisconsin State Senator and Mayor of Beaver Dam
- Edward C. McFetridge, mayor of Beaver Dam
- George F. Merrill, Wisconsin State Senator
- Charles Pettibone, Wisconsin State Senator
- John Samuel Rowell, politician, agricultural inventor, and pioneer manufacturer
- A. Scott Sloan, U.S. Representative
- John Mellen Thurston, U.S. Senator from Nebraska, Thurston County, Nebraska is named after him.
- Eric Baldwin, professional poker player
- Paul Cloyd, professional basketball player
- Ric Flair, wrestler
- Pink Hawley, major league baseball player
- Addie Joss, MLB player, member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Lyman Linde, MLB player
- Doug Lloyd, professional football player
- Jason Maas, professional football player
- David Maley, NHL player
- Bill Rentmeester, UFL player, Madison Police Recruit
- Elmer Rhenstrom, NFL player
- Gil Sterr, NFL player
- Barney Traynor, NFL player
Science, media, and the arts
- Delia Akeley, explorer
- Edward Creutz, physicist
- Brian Donlevy, actor
- Lois Ehlert, illustrator, Caldecott Medal recipient
- Zona Gale, writer
- Raymond Z. Gallun, writer
- Bobby Hatfield, singer, best known as one of the Righteous Brothers singing duo
- Fred MacMurray, actor
- Parry Moon, electrical engineer, author
- Kira Salak, writer, adventurer, journalist, attended Wayland Academy
- Nancy Zieman, television sewing host
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- Virgil J. Voegl, Indian Names on Wisconsin's Map. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. ISBN 0-299-12980-2 p. 142
- Legislature of Wisconsin (1856). "ch.143". Private and Local Laws Passed by the Legislature of Wisconsin. State Printer.
- The History of Dodge County, Wisconsin: Containing a History of Dodge County, Its Early Settlement, Growth, Development, Resources Etc., Etc., an Extensive and Minute Sketch of Its Cities ... War Record, Biographical Sketches ... Dodge County Reprint Committee. 1880. p. 588.
- Betty Cowley (1 January 2002). Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WW II Prisoner-of-war Camps. Badger Books Inc. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-878569-83-7.
In trucks under heavy military escort, 300 German PW's arrived on the 17th of June.
- God's Little Miracles Preschool & 4K
- http://www.saintstephen.org/school/showpage.cfm?p=135&Title=Grade 8
- Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
- "Claire B. Bird". http://genealogytrails.com/. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Votesmart.org.-Mark Born
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- 'Proceedings of the State Bar Association on Wisconsin 1907,' Wisconsin Bar Association: 1907, Biographical Sketch of Henry W. Lander, pg. 590-593
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1883,' Biographical Sketch of Edward C. McFetridge. pg. 471
- "George F. Merrill". The University of Wisconsin: its history and its alumni, with historical and . Retrieved 27 November 2013.
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- Biography of John Samuel Rowell
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- "John Mellen Thurston". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Eric Baldwin". CardPlayer.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
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- "Ric Flair". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
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- "Doug Lloyd". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Jason Maas". .argonauts.ca. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "David Maley". National Hockey League. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Bill Rentmeester". Forty Niners Football Company. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Elmer Rhenstrom". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Gil Sterr". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Barney Traynor". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Frederick Douglas Underwood". Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Delia Akeley". HighBeam™ Research, Inc. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Edward Creutz
- "Brian Donlevy". .dodgecountyhistory.com. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Lois Ehlert". Wisconsin Center for the Boo. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Zona Gale". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Raymond Gallun". Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Bobby Hatfield". Legacy.com #sthash.8Pj5VXQu.dpuf. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Fred MacMurray". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Salak, Kira (2004). Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea. National Geographic Books. p. 50.
- "Nancy Zieman". wpt2.org. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
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