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Algoma is a city in Kewaunee Countymarker in the U.S. state of Wisconsinmarker. The population was 3,357 at the 2000 census. Originally known as Ahnapee, the city was renamed Algoma in September 1879.

Algoma is part of the Green Baymarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Algoma is located at (44.608226, -87.442342) , along Lake Michiganmarker at the mouth of the Ahnapee River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.3 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (1.61%) is water.



As of the census of 2000, there were 3,357 people, 1,493 households, and 900 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,374.9 people per square mile (531.2/km2). There were 1,632 housing units at an average density of 668.4/sq mi (258.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.42% White, 0.09% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,493 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,029, and the median income for a family was $46,552. Males had a median income of $30,349 versus $22,650 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,043. About 3.4% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Algoma was founded in 1834 by Joseph McCormick of Manitowocmarker. In 1851, Irishmarker and Englishmarker pioneers created the first settlement called Wolf River. This was a loose translation from the Indian word An-Ne-Pe, meaning "land of the great gray wolf" a legendary animal in stories told by the local Potawatomi Indians. This animal eventually became the mascot of the Algoma Jt. School District #1.

In the mid 1800s, immigrants from Germanymarker, Bohemia, Scandinavian countries, and Belgiummarker settled in this lakeside community. The earliest businesses consisted of a sawmill, general store, and churches.

In 1871, the city survived the Peshtigo Fire that swept from Green Baymarker and destroyed thousands of acres of land. Local residents were prepared for the worst, waiting with their boats and valuables at hand for a quick escape from the approaching flames. Fortunately, torrential rains drowned out the fire just before it reached Ahnapee.

In 1879, the city was renamed Algoma, which is derived from an Indian word meaning "park of flowers". At that time the commercial fishing fleet located in Algoma was the largest on Lake Michigan. Sport fishing is still a major tourist attraction today.


Shanty Days is an annual celebration held the second weekend of August. There are ethnic foods, music, and beer. Features also include an arts and crafts show, a used-book sale, a parade, a 5k run/walk, wine tasting, fireworks and a street fair.

The Concerts in the Park Series begins Wednesday evenings, following the Fourth of July and ends the Wednesday after Shanty Days. These concerts are sponsored by the city of Algoma and various local businesses. The performances are located at Heritage Park, next to the Algoma Marina.

In popular culture

  • In "Buried", an episode of the television series Prison Break, fugitive Haywire enters a shop in Algoma and steals supplies from a crippled shopkeeper. The shopkeeper's dog, a border collie, chases Haywire until he reaches the shore of Lake Michigan. There, he tells the dog that he will build a raft and sail across the water to get to Holland.
  • In "The Message", an episode of the television series Prison Break, Haywire buys beer for two locals. He finds out that one of them has an abusive father just like himself. He follows the teenage girl back home where he kills the girl's father.

Notable residents


Image:AlgomaLightHouse.jpg|Algoma Pierhead LighthousemarkerImage:AlgomaWisconsin.jpg|Algoma Welcome CenterImage:WIS54EastTerminus.jpg|Highway 42 at Highway 54Image:AlgomaWisconsin2.jpg|Looking over Lake Michiganmarker at part of AlgomaFile:AlgomaWisconsinDowntown1WIS42.jpg|Downtown Algoma on WIS 42


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