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Big Foot Prairie, Illinois and Wisconsin
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Coordinates: 42°29′42″N 88°35′56″W / 42.49500°N 88.59889°W / 42.49500; -88.59889Coordinates: 42°29′42″N 88°35′56″W / 42.49500°N 88.59889°W / 42.49500; -88.59889
Country  United States
States Illinois, Wisconsin
Counties McHenry (Illinois), Walworth (Wisconsin)
Elevation
292 m (958 ft)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
53184, 60033
Area code(s) 815 & 779, 262
GNIS feature ID 404404

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.

History

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.

Notable people

  • 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.
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