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Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin is located in the United States
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Grant
Towns Jamestown, Hazel Green
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608

Sinsinawa is an unincorporated community in Grant County, Wisconsin, United States. The community is in the towns of Jamestown and Hazel Green, one mile north of the border with Illinois. The community is 7+12 miles (12.1 km) east of Dubuque, Iowa, and 6+12 miles (10.5 km) west of the village of Hazel Green, Wisconsin. The town is best known for being the mother house of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.


The community's name means either "rattlesnake" or "Home of the Young Eagle" in Sioux. The first white settler in the area was George Wallace Jones, who purchased land for a lead smelter in 1827. He soon sold the land to Samuel Mazzuchelli, who subsequently built a men's college, Sinsinawa Mound College, in 1846. Mazzuchelli founded the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in 1847. This religious order founded a women's college and high school in Sinsinawa in 1865.

Sinsinawa Mound

Sinsinawa Mound is a cone-shaped hill in the area, from which the area gets its name. Sinsinawa Creek runs along the hill south towards the Fever River in Illinois.

The Sinsinawa Mound raid of June 29, 1832, part of the Black Hawk War, took place near Sinsinawa Mound. In August 2007 there was a commemoration of the 175th anniversary on the war.

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