kayaking the Lake Michigan Water Trail, North Pier Lighthouse
man fishing on Lake Michigan with Kenosha Charter Boat Association
exterior of Kemper Center, beside Lake Michigan
Seeing the Elephant film at Civil War Museum
ball players, action, Kenosha Kingfish baseball game at Simmons Field
Hebior Mammoth, Kenosha Public Museum


Trivia Time: Cool Kenosha Facts

I love to share fun facts about Kenosha … whether with travel writers, third grade students, or local radio listeners. Facts that may pique the interest and curiosity of travelers, while providing residents with some “bragging rights” material and a feeling of hometown pride! Here is my list of random, cool facts I thought I’d share today:

  1. Many famous faces are from Kenosha, including Mark Ruffalo.
  2. Kenosha is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin behind Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay.
  3. Kenosha is a member of the Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association and our shoreline features multiple access points on the Lake Michigan State Water Trail.
  4. We have the highest catch-per-hour rate in Wisconsin, according to the Kenosha Charter Boat Association
  5. Three Kenosha County communities are designated Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” communities: City of Kenosha (for more than 30 years), Bristol, and Paddock Lake.
  6. The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County are certified as a “Bird City”.
  7. In 2015, Wisconsin Marathon participants came to Kenosha from more than 40 states and six countries.
  8. Uke’s Harley-Davidson is Wisconsin’s oldest H-D dealership, and one of the oldest in the world.
  9. The Kenosha Kingfish were the 2015 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series champions.
  10. Aquanut Water Shows are 2015 National Show Ski Champions.
  11. Downtown Kenosha is a designated Wisconsin Main Street Community.
  12. The Kenosha Public Museums (made up of the Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Museum) have been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1974. The museums are also Smithsonian Institution Affiliates.
  13. The Kenosha Public Museum has been featured in Archeology Magazine, due to mammoth discoveries in Kenosha County.
  14. The Civil War Museum is one of only three venues featuring a 360-degree film experience in the country.
  15. Kenosha has four Sister Cities.
  16. Kenosha County bicycle enthusiasts are striving to receive the “Bike Friendly Community” designation from the League of American Bicyclists. In 2015, Kenosha County received an Honorable Mention. 
  17. Franks Diner is nationally known, having appeared on many TV shows including Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
  18. The Food Network Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, declared that Mars Cheese Castle’s grilled cheese is one of his top-eight sandwiches in the country.
  19. Kemper Center on Lake Michigan – now featuring seasonal historic mansion tours, a conference center, art exhibits, and special events – was an Episcopal girls’ school for more than 100 years. Communion wafers were distributed all over the world from a small on-site bakery. Kemper is located in one of Kenosha’s four Historic Districts.

I could go on and on. As you can see, I’m never at a loss for words when asked what Kenosha has going for it. This community makes my job easy. Go ahead, and come up with your own Kenosha trivia to add to this list!

This originally appeared in the KACVB Blog, author Meridith Jumisko, Nov 13, 2015


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