Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
History of Belgium, pp. 83-86
HISTORY OF BELGIUM In 1673 Fathers Marquette and Joliet traveled the Mississipp south to Arkansas. Returning, the two priests sailed the fllinoi then the western shore of Lake Michigan to Green Bay. History records that the French clerics stopped at Port Wash years later, Fathers Hennepin and Ia Salle cme to the area to do work among the Indians and convert tem to Christianity. JTiid-i 6-11 camps were set up at Port washington and Waubeka,, ""e7-we Some 150 years later, the Belgium area east of the Milwaukee ward still was the property of Menamonee Indians. In about 1851, made between them and the white man, thus opening a new era. As a result of surveys made by the federal a road was laid from Green Bay to Chicago. It was desiged prim& military use. Known as Green Bay Rd., it was built through the Begiu areA modern-day highway 1) 1 was constructed over what once was a major In 1834, the g ent established townships and two years office was opened in Milwaukee. Land speculators from the east ci Washington to settle. The settlement was abandoned temporarily in 1837 in favor of ing cmmunities in Thiensville, Mequon and Grafton. People began to Port Washington when a road was cut in 1839 frcm Milwaukee to Washington.
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