Talk About The History Of Chetek, Wisconsin, USA


Talk About The History Of Chetek, Wisconsin, USA

Chetek, Wisconsin is a city in Barron County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,221 at the 2010 census. The city is located partially within the Town of Chetek.

Chetek is located at 45°19′7″N 91°39′16″W (45.318656, -91.65447).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.13 square miles (8.11 km2), of which, 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2) is land and 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2) is water.

Chetek is along U.S. Highway 53; and also County Roads I and SS.

The original inhabitants of the area were the Ojibwa Indians, who referred to the area as zhede (g), meaning pelican. This was translated into various spellings, such as Sheetak, Shetak, Shetuk, Chetack, until the first post office was opened in 1872. The spelling was then standardized to "Chetek."

In 1872, the Omaha Railroad began service to Chetek, the Knapp-Stout logging camp was established, and the first log schoolhouse was built.

Other important dates:

1881 – Medical care became available
1882 – The Chetek Alert began publication, a newspaper still serving the area
1891 – Became a city
1903 – Telephone service was introduced
1904 – Fire Department began
1960 – Roselawn Elementary opened
2010 – School District of Chetek consolidates with Weyerhaeuser School District
2017 – EF3 tornado swept through the town, killing one and injuring 25, as well as damaging and destroying structures.


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