Big Foot Prairie is an unincorporated community in both McHenry County, Illinois and Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. The Illinois portion of the community, which is larger, is located in Chemung Township, while the Wisconsin portion is located in the Town of Walworth. Big Foot Prairie is located on U.S. Route 14, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Harvard.
The community was named for Big Foot, a Potawatomi chief who resided in the area in the 1820s and 1830s. It once had a post office, which opened on May 15, 1848.
- Phipps W. Lake, Free Will Baptist minister and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, lived in Big Foot Prairie, in the town of Walworth, Wisconsin, in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
- Lewis N. Wood, physician and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, lived in Big Foot Prairie, in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
- ^ "Big Foot Prairie". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- ^ McHenry County General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Illinois Department of Transportation. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- ^ Walworth County (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- ^ Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois Press. p. 425.
- ^ 'History of Walworth County, Wisconsin,' vol. II, Albert Clayton Beckwith, B.F. Bowen & Company: 1912, Biographical Sketch of Phipps Waldo Lake, pg. 936-938
- ^ History of Walworth County, Wisconsin. Chicago: Western Historical Company. 1882. p. 807. Retrieved 2015-06-21.