DescriptionThe French traders who first visited this region referred to it as the fond, or “far end,” of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest freshwater lake; hence the name Fond du Lac. In 1835 Wisconsin's first judge and later territorial governor, James D. Doty laid out the town in hopes of it becoming the state capital; it lost to Madison in 1848.
Today mansions of industrial barons line Division Street. Fond du Lac offers a diversity of industry and business, including Mercury Marine and MAG Giddings & Lewis, a supplier of industrial automation products and machine tools.
Visitor InfoFond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 171 S. Pioneer Rd. FOND DU LAC, WI 54935-2342. Phone:(920)923-3010 or (800)937-9123
ShoppingDowntown Main Street offers specialty boutiques including antiques, gourmet coffee, stained glass and quilting shops. Kristmas Kringle Shoppe, at 1330 S. Main Street at the entrance to the city, features a large assortment of glass ornaments, trees, animated figures and collectibles displayed in a Bavarian village setting; phone (920) 922-3900. Forest Mall, off US 41 at 835 W. Johnson St., has more than 60 stores including Kohl's and Younkers.
Self-guiding toursThe Lake Winnebago Road Trip guides visitors on a scenic driving tour around the lake. Contact the convention and visitors bureau for information.
Things to SeeGalloway House and Village and Blakely Museum