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Bigfoot Beach State Park - Lake history sign

“This lake was formed by a westward extension of the Lake Michigan glacier. The Potawatomi Indians called it “Kishwauketo” meaning “uncertain”, but the early French explorers named it “Grospied” or “Big Foot” after a Potawatomi chief of that name. In September 1835, John Brink, frontier surveyor running township lines, came to the lake. Born near Geneva, New York, he named the Wisconsin lake “Geneva” after his old home, and also noted the location of the town site, which later became the city of Lake Geneva.”

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