Dale (CDP), Wisconsin facts for kids

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Dale
Census-designated place
Downtown Dale
Downtown Dale
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Outagamie
Area
 • Total 1.492 sq mi (3.86 km2)
 • Land 1.492 sq mi (3.86 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 814 ft (248 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 528
 • Density 353.9/sq mi (136.64/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes 54931
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code Class Code U6
GNIS feature ID 1563669

Dale is an unincorporated census-designated place in the town of Dale in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Highway 96 and County T. As of the 2010 census, its population was 528.

History

Ssettlers who would plat the land comprising the community of Dale arrived between 1851 and 1853, and approximately twenty families arrived between the fall of 1853 and June 1854, establishing a solid population. Dale was founded and platted along the proposed Manitowoc and Mississippi Railroad line, which consolidated with the Wisconsin Central Railroad in 1871. Rail construction on the right of way by the Wisconsin Central reached Dale in 1872.

Early in its history, the community was called Poker Flat in addition to Dale, for what a 1923 newspaper article terms "an unknown reason".

20th century

On September 3, 1974, one of three contractors installing curb and gutter pulled a gas line apart under Dale's Appleton State Bank, while digging a storm sewer trench with a backhoe. Natural gas leaked into the basement of the bank, and caused an explosion at 12:50 pm. An assistant bank manager who was preparing to re-open the bank for business hours was flung from the building by the force of the blast, and died of head and chest injuries five hours after the blast. Another person in a nearby building suffered two broken legs and a shoulder injury.

The explosion destroyed the bank building and Dale's post office, situated next door to the bank. Postal service was temporarily run out of Dale's town hall, and Appleton State Bank business out of a trailer, until both could have new buildings constructed.


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