Butte des Morts, Wisconsin

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Butte des Morts, Wisconsin
Census-designated place
Downtown Butte des Morts
Downtown Butte des Morts
Butte des Morts is located in Wisconsin
Butte des Morts
Butte des Morts
Location in state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°5′57″N 88°39′14″W / 44.09917°N 88.65389°W / 44.09917; -88.65389
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.24 sq mi (3.22 km2)
 • Land1.22 sq mi (3.17 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
775 ft (236 m)
 • Total962
 • Density786/sq mi (303.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)920
FIPS code55-11500[1]
GNIS feature ID1562472[2]

Butte des Morts is an unincorporated census-designated place in the town of Winneconne, in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States.[3] As of the 2010 census, its population was 962.[4] The community is located at the north side of (Big) Lake Butte des Morts [5] on the former route of Wisconsin Highway 110. The name means "hill of the dead" in French.[6] Butte des Morts uses the ZIP code 54927. The Augustin Grignon Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located within the community. Butte des Morts has an area of 1.246 square miles (3.23 km2); 1.225 square miles (3.17 km2) of this is land, and 0.021 square miles (0.054 km2) is water.

Origin of Name

In 1730 French soldiers and Menominee warriors massacred the people of a Sauk people. The French named the place the Hill of the Dead, or Butte des Morts.[7][8]



  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ http://wisconsin.hometownlocator.com/wi/winnebago/butte-des-morts.cfm
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  5. ^ Lake Butte des Morts
  6. ^ http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=11330&keyword=origin+name
  7. ^ Author(s) unknown. "A Brief History of the Town of Menasha" (PDF). Wisconsin Public Library. pp. 13–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ Bjornerd, Marcia (2006). Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth. New York: Basic Books. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-465-00684-7.

Coordinates: 44°05′58″N 88°39′14″W / 44.09944°N 88.65389°W / 44.09944; -88.65389