DescriptionWaukesha takes its name from a Native American word meaning “by the Little Fox.” Although the Fox River has been important in the city's steady industrial growth, it was the many mineral springs and their purported curative powers that brought Waukesha its fame as the elegant “Saratoga of the West” during the late 19th century. Plants bottling carbonated beverages are the only vestiges of those halcyon days.
Another small reminder of the past is a marker in Cutler Park honoring a local citizen who safely transported the first slave through Wisconsin into Canada. Waukesha was an important station on the Underground Railroad and an abolitionist stronghold; the American Freeman was published in the town 1844-48.
Waukesha is an industrial and college town serving the surrounding dairying and farming area. Colleges include Carroll University, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Waukesha County Technical College. Frame Park, the largest of 45 municipal parks, is noted for its formal garden and river walk; phone (262) 524-3737.
Visitor InfoWaukesha Pewaukee Convention and Visitor Bureau N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 225 WAUKESHA, WI 53188. Phone:(262)542-0330
Things to SeeWaukesha County Museum