Known as Chocolate City, USA and the Town with Tall Tales
Burlington was not settled until after the Blackhawk War of 1832. In December of 1835, four men staked a claim here. Two of the four, as partners, began to build a dam and a lumber mill on the Fox River. The community was known as Foxville.
The partnership was dissoved before the dam and mill was finished and in 1837, Ephraim Perkins and his son, Pliny, purchased the mill. They completed the dam and mill and added a flour mill. The town was officially named Burlington in 1839. A road was staked out to Southport (the original name of Racine) along the route that it today's highway 11. (Interestingly enough, as important as the road was to the development of Burlington, it was not made a part of the state trunk system when it was set in 1918.)
Burlington is also famous for two more things. Home of a Nestlé Chocolate facotry built in 1966, Burlington bills itself as Chocolate City, in deference to Hershey, PA. A giant Chcolate Fest is held on Memorial Day Weekend each year, drawing 35,000 participants from around the world.
It is also home to the Burlington Liars' Club, known for its annual liars' contest. It all started in 1929 the newspaper sent out a story - a tall tale - about a liars contest between the fire and police departments. The Chief of Police won for saying he never told a lie. Winning lies from over the years can be found in the downtown HD, forever preserved on bronze plaques.
The annual liars contest is open to anyone except politicians, as the club considers them to be professionals.