Photographer's Note

Day draws to a close at Lake Winneconne Park, a 28-acre haven of baseball and bratwurst and barbecues, of picnics and games and songs for a summer night. The gazebo overlooking Lake Winneconne and the Wolf River is the latest addition to the park and has already proven a popular place to hold a wedding.

The name and history of this village are interesting. According to one part of the village web site, “Winneconne was in a unique position because of the narrows of the river. It also had a unique name. it was WINNECONNAH, WINNEKONA, WAU-NAU-KO and WINNIKNING. The Indian interpretations of the name ranged from land of dirty water to land of skull and bones, as well as feasting place from ween (marrow) and kaning (deer bones). In 1851, the town board officially named the village WINNECONNE.”

The community also annually celebrates “Sovereign State Days”, an event that began, apparently, as a response somewhere between humorous and curmudgeonly to an oversight that left the village off the official state map in 1967, causing Winneconne to "secede" from the State of Wisconsin for a day in protest.

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Additional Photos by Jim Pinkham (jpinkham) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 10 N: 183] (870)
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