Siren Wisconsin - a village in and the county seat of Burnett County


Siren Wisconsin is a village in and the county seat of Burnett County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 806 at the 2010 census.The village is bordered by the Town of Siren.

Siren is located at 45°47′1″N 92°22′48″W (45.783633, -92.380161).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.28 square miles (3.32 km2), of which, 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Siren is surrounded by several lakes including Big Doctor Lake, Clam Lake, Crooked Lake, Fish Lake, and Long Lake.

The Ojibwa and the French fur traders were the principal inhabitants of the region in the early nineteenth century.

Swedish immigrants began settling in the area around what is now Siren in the 1880s. Many of them were members of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The first post office was built in 1895 about a mile west of its present location. The first postmaster was Charles F. Segerstrom, and he had the post office in his home. His home was surrounded by lilacs (which were and still are quite abundant in this area). Segerstrom applied with the postal department for a name for this place, choosing "Syren", the Swedish word for "lilac." Presumably the postal department thought this was a misspelling, for on the granted application they put down the spelling as "Siren." In 1912, the town center was moved nearer the Soo Line Railroad tracks which had been extended through the area to Duluth, Minnesota. The tracks were later removed but the trail was left behind for recreational purposes. It is now known as the Gandy Dancer Trail and is a popular route for hikers, bicyclists, and snowmobilers.

On June 18, 2001, a F3 tornado passed through Siren inflicting severe damage. Three people died as a result of the tornado; 175 buildings were destroyed and many more damaged. Since then much of the town has been rebuilt with its architecture reflecting Siren's history.



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