Marinette is a lovely city situated on the Bay of Green Bay, bordered on the north by the Menominee River, and graced by the captivating Stephenson Island, which is accessible by car and footbridge. Visitors and residents alike enjoy Marinette’s natural treasures, its scenic parks, well-planned recreational opportunities, exciting events, and gracious lodging accommodations.
Marinette is a natural “staging area” for adventures throughout Marinette County, the “Waterfalls Capital of Wisconsin.”
Marinette, which has a population of 10,968 according to the 2010 Census, is bolstered by several industries, including shipbuilder Marinette Marine Corporation, Tyco Fire Protection, along with Karl Schmidt Unisia and Waupaca Foundry, both leaders in the auto and truck parts industry, and many others.
The health industry includes the area’s largest hospital, Bay Area Medical Center, and Aurora Healthcare.
The name Marinette comes from the name of an early fur-trader’s common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier (1784, Langlade County–1865, Green Bay). She was a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River and came to be known as “Queen Marinette.” After her death, she was buried in Allouez, but was reinterred in a sarcophagus at the Forest Home Mausoleum in Marinette in 1987. Her original tombstone is on display at the museum on Stephenson Island in Marinette.
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