Duck Creek, Wisconsin

Populated place

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Photo taken by J.R. Manning June 2019

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Duck Creek is a stream that originates in Outagamie County and flows through the township of Howard. The community known as Duck Creek was actually a Menominee Indian settlement. The first Europeans to settle in the area were French as Father Marquette amd Joliet first landed near here in 1673. They proved a journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico was possible by water, except for a short portage at today's city of Portage, Wisconsin. A string of French trading posts followed, including the settlement of Duck Creek.

Intermarriage between the French and Menominees created a group called French Creoles. The area was called Duck Creek for the amount of ducks that were seen along the shores of Duck Creek. Although completely absorbed by Howard, the name Duck Creek survives in the community in the form of several business names, a park, and the remains of an ancient cemetery.

Post office dates: Feb. 4, 1864-Present

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 24, 2019: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • June 24, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and uploaded photos

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