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Algoma, Wisconsin
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Location of Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.
Location of Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Kewaunee
 • Total 2.50 sq mi (6.48 km2)
 • Land 2.46 sq mi (6.36 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • Total 3,167
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,241.04/sq mi (479.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-01000
GNIS feature ID 1560759
State Highways WIS 42.svg WIS 54.svg

Algoma is a city in Kewaunee County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 3,167 at the 2010 census. Algoma is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The settlement Ahnapee which eventually became known as Algoma was founded in 1834 by Joseph McCormick of Manitowoc. In 1851, Irish and English pioneers moved to the area and called the place Wolf River. This was a loose translation from the Indian word An-Ne-Pe, meaning "land of the great gray wolf." The wolf was a legendary animal in stories told by the local Potawatomi Indians. (This animal eventually became the mascot of the Algoma High School Algoma School District.)

In the mid-19th century, immigrants from Germany, Bohemia, Scandinavia, and Belgium settled in the community. The earliest businesses consisted of a sawmill, a general store, and churches. In 1859, the name of the town was changed from Wolf to Ahnapee. The town which surrounds Algoma still bears this name.

In 1871, the town survived the Peshtigo Fire that swept from Green Bay and destroyed thousands of acres of land. Local residents were prepared to escape from the fire, but torrential rains extinguished it just before it reached Ahnapee.

Growth and development in Ahnapee was greatly advanced in 1892 with the arrival of the Ahnapee and Western Railway, which connected the coastal town with the Kewaunee Green Bay and Western Railroad at Casco Junction. The railroad would connect Algoma with the rest of the nation's rail system for the 94 years. Several factories were built in Ahnapee as a result of the railroad's arrival, including the Ahnapee Seating & Veneer Company. This industry would change owners and names through the years, but still operates in town as Algoma Hardwoods, Incorporated.

Ahnapee incorporated as a city on February 23, 1879. In 1897, the city was renamed Algoma, a name which may have come from an Indian term for "park of flowers." (See also Algoma (word)) At that time the commercial fishing fleet located in Algoma was the largest on Lake Michigan. Sport fishing is still a major tourist attraction today.


Algoma is located at 44°36′30″N 87°26′32″W / 44.608226°N 87.442342°W / 44.608226; -87.442342 (44.608226, -87.442342), along Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Ahnapee River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.51 square miles (6.50 km2), of which, 2.47 square miles (6.40 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.



Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 948
1890 1,015 7.1%
1900 1,738 71.2%
1910 2,082 19.8%
1920 1,911 −8.2%
1930 2,202 15.2%
1940 2,652 20.4%
1950 3,384 27.6%
1960 3,855 13.9%
1970 4,023 4.4%
1980 3,656 −9.1%
1990 3,353 −8.3%
2000 3,357 0.1%
2010 3,167 −5.7%
2019 (est.) 3,048 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,167 people, 1,406 households, and 862 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,282.2 inhabitants per square mile (495.1/km2). There were 1,702 housing units at an average density of 689.1 per square mile (266.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 0.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 1,406 households, of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 44.6 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.


Shanty Days is an annual celebration held the second weekend of August. There are ethnic foods, music, and beer. Features also include an arts and crafts show, a used-book sale, a parade, a 5k run/walk, wine tasting, fireworks and a street fair.

The Concerts in the Park Series takes place in July and August in Heritage Park. The concerts are sponsored by the city of Algoma and local businesses.

Notable people

  • Harris Burgoyne, former mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin (buried in Algoma)
  • Richard W. Fellows, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General
  • Lawrence Johnson, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Maynard T. Parker, Wisconsin State Assemblyperson and jurist
  • M. W. Perry, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Mark Francis Schmitt, Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Albert D. Shimek, Wisconsin State Representative
  • De Wayne Stebbins, Wisconsin State Senator

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