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Denmark, Wisconsin
Village
Downtown Denmark, Wisconsin.
Downtown Denmark
Location in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.
Location in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Brown
Government
 • Village President Gregory Mleziva
 • Municipal Court Judge Shawn M. Brady
Area
 • Total 1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)
 • Land 1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
873 ft (266 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,123
 • Estimate 
(2012)
2,161
 • Density 1,100.0/sq mi (424.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-19700
GNIS feature ID 1563900
Website www.denmark-wi.org

Denmark is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,123 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is located within the town of New Denmark.

History

Early settlement

In 1846, a Prussian immigrant, John Bartlme, purchased 40 acres of land in the area of what is now Denmark.

In 1848, the second settler, and the first Danish immigrant, a man named Niels Gotfredsen, bought 160 acres in the area. He and his wife were referred to as the 'King and Queen of Denmark', because they were the first Danish settlers of the town of Denmark.

Big Bribe of 1854

In 1854, the residents of Brown County, Wisconsin voted on whether Green Bay or De Pere would be the county seat.This was also the year that the residents of Denmark wanted to build a church, but they did not have any money. A man from De Pere came to the town, and offered to pay two dollars for every vote the people of Denmark would cast in favor of De Pere.

On election day, 15 men and boys from Denmark turned out to cast their votes for De Pere, and the town was given $30. But instead of building a church, as was originally intended, the town built a school.

First Business

In 1871, Hans Beyer immigrated from Denmark, Europe to New York City, from which he traveled to Green Bay. From Green Bay, Beyer traveled seven hours by ox team to get to Denmark. In 1875, Beyer opened a store in Denmark, which was the first business in the new town, using a loan of $200. In 1896, Beyer built a new store and cheese factory next to the old store.

Turn of the Century

In 1906, the Chicago & Northwestern railroad was built through the village. The depot was built in the downtown area. The railroad was originally planned to travel through Cooperstown, Wisconsin, rather than Denmark, but railroad officials decided against this plan.

On June 15, 1915, the town of Denmark held a special election of the issue of incorporation. The official vote tally was 109 in favor, and 26 against. Later that year, the Denmark was officially incorporated into a village.

In 1915, the Kriwanek Brothers established a Ford dealership in the village, which was second oldest Ford dealership in the state of Wisconsin.

On March 3, 1949, Denmark State Bank was robbed of $38,000 at gunpoint. This was the first bank robbery in Brown County, Wisconsin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation became involved, and the perpetrators were caught over the next few weeks.

Later history

The last passenger train to come through the village was on April 30, 1971.

In 1981, Interstate 43 opened just west of the village.

On September 7, 1988, a Chicago & Northwestern train derailed as it was passing the Lake to Lake cheese plant. 20 of the 144 train cars derailed, including several that were carrying sulfuric acid and fuel oil. The train also had cars that were carrying chlorine, however, the engineer did not know which cars contained the chemical, and the wind was blowing towards a residential district. This information led the village and county officials to evacuate a large portion of the village. It was soon found that none of the chemicals had leaked, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. A large portion of the village was evacuated, but it was soon found that none of the chemicals had leaked.

In 1996, Wisconsin Central Ltd., which had bought the train line from Chicago & Northwestern, abandoned the tracks between Denmark and Rockwood, Wisconsin The abandoned rail line was converted into the Devil's River State Trail, which was completed in 2013.

Geography

Denmark is located at 44°20′54″N 87°49′47″W / 44.34833°N 87.82972°W / 44.34833; -87.82972 (44.348295, -87.829697).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.93 square miles (5.00 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Denmark has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb), with some moderation due to the village's proximity to Lake Michigan.

Climate data for Denmark, Wisconsin, 1981-2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 25
(-3.9)
29.2
(-1.56)
39
(3.9)
53.1
(11.72)
64.9
(18.28)
75
(23.9)
79.1
(26.17)
77.9
(25.5)
70
(21.1)
56.8
(13.78)
42.7
(5.94)
29.4
(-1.44)
53.5
(11.95)
Daily mean °F (°C) 16.8
(-8.44)
20.7
(-6.28)
30.4
(-0.89)
43.6
(6.44)
54.6
(12.56)
64.4
(18)
69.1
(20.61)
67.6
(19.78)
59.6
(15.33)
47.6
(8.67)
35
(1.7)
21.9
(-5.61)
44.28
(6.819)
Average low °F (°C) 8.6
(-13)
12.1
(-11.06)
21.7
(-5.72)
34
(1.1)
44.3
(6.83)
53.7
(12.06)
59.1
(15.06)
57.3
(14.06)
49.1
(9.5)
38.4
(3.56)
27.3
(-2.61)
14.4
(-9.78)
35
(1.667)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.40
(35.6)
1.11
(28.2)
1.85
(47)
2.82
(71.6)
3.13
(79.5)
3.72
(94.5)
3.31
(84.1)
3.82
(97)
3.52
(89.4)
2.87
(72.9)
2.19
(55.6)
1.53
(38.9)
31.27
(794.3)
Source: NOAA

Transportation

Highways

Railroad

Canadian National Railway maintains freight service between Green Bay and Denmark.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 735
1930 779 6.0%
1940 864 10.9%
1950 1,012 17.1%
1960 1,106 9.3%
1970 1,364 23.3%
1980 1,475 8.1%
1990 1,612 9.3%
2000 1,958 21.5%
2010 2,123 8.4%
Est. 2015 2,193 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,123 people, 923 households, and 562 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,100.0 inhabitants per square mile (424.7/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 511.9 per square mile (197.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 923 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 37 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1958 people, 801 households, and 524 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,321.5 people per square mile (510.8/km²). There were 833 housing units at an average density of 479.5 per square mile (297.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 801 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.6 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,106, and the median income for a family was $48,214. Males had a median income of $34,952 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,301. About 4.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

In 2011, Molly Johnson purchased the Academy of Fine Art in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, and moved it to a restored feed mill in Denmark. The Academy of Fine Art includes eight faculty members that teach art classes year round. Johnson also runs her art studio out of the Academy. The Academy of Fine Art is the only Art Renewal Center certified atelier in the state of Wisconsin.

The Denmark Historical Museum is located downtown in the basement of the BMO Harris Bank branch.

Every summer, the Denmark Lions Club holds a festival called the Denmark Lions Weekend. The festival spans three days, and has recently included a demolition derby, tractor and horse pulls, bands, a 5k run, and a parade.

Points of interest

  • Devil's River State Trail

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