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Bear Creek

Welcome (1898–1915)
Village
Location of Bear Creek in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
Location of Bear Creek in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°31′47″N 88°43′37″W / 44.52972°N 88.72694°W / 44.52972; -88.72694Coordinates: 44°31′47″N 88°43′37″W / 44.52972°N 88.72694°W / 44.52972; -88.72694
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Outagamie
Area
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.39 km2)
 • Land 0.92 sq mi (2.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 448
 • Estimate 
(2019)
438
 • Density 475.05/sq mi (183.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
54922
Area code(s) Area codes 715 and 534
FIPS code 55-05575
GNIS feature ID 1582769

Bear Creek is a village in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 448 at the 2010 census.

History

The community began as a lumber camp in 1850 when Capt. Welcome Hyde, a lumberman, located on the bank of the Embarrass River and cut the first road into the area. In 1880, when the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad was constructed through the area, F. W. Hyde built a store in what became Bear Creek Station. In 1885, the land was platted for Welcome Hyde and named Bear Creek after the nearby stream. After a disastrous fire in 1902, in which three-fourths of the town was destroyed, the people rebuilt and incorporated the community as a village, named Welcome after its first settler. The name was changed back to Bear Creek in 1915 because of the confusion resulting from the village and the railroad station having different names.

Geography

Bear Creek is located at 44°31′47″N 88°43′37″W / 44.52972°N 88.72694°W / 44.52972; -88.72694 (44.529649, -88.726849).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.38 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 341
1920 337 −1.2%
1930 411 22.0%
1940 409 −0.5%
1950 476 16.4%
1960 455 −4.4%
1970 520 14.3%
1980 454 −12.7%
1990 418 −7.9%
2000 415 −0.7%
2010 448 8.0%
2019 (est.) 438 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 448 people, 155 households, and 114 families living in the village. The population density was 487.0 inhabitants per square mile (188.0/km2). There were 174 housing units at an average density of 189.1 per square mile (73.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 72.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 26.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.9% of the population.

There were 155 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.5% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median age in the village was 32.4 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 53.8% male and 46.2% female.

Economy

Flanagan Brothers, a sauerkraut producer, was founded in Bear Creek in 1900 by brothers Dave and Henry Flanagan. Now named GLK Foods (having become Great Lakes Kraut Company in 1997 after several mergers), the business still operates a manufacturing facility in Bear Creek. GLK Foods describes itself as the "world's largest producer of sauerkraut".

Notable people

  • Gerald Lorge, Wisconsin politician
  • William Lorge, Wisconsin politician
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