Butte des Morts - First County Seat in Winnebago County

On July 16, 1845, board commissioners met at the home of Webster Stanley where Robert Grignon presented a proposition from Augustin Grignon for locating the county seat at Butte des Morts..

Bogks Tavern

Grignon’s proposition was that his uncle Augustin Grignon, would donate the land where the county seat would reside. Two other proposals were presented. The board considered all three offers and adjourned until July 31, 1845.

The decision was made to locate the seat of justice on Butte des Morts land offered by Grignon. The land was deeded to the county in October 1845.

In 1847 the seat of government was moved to Oshkosh.

In 1849 a movement was started to relocate the county seat back to Butte des Morts. Debates became bitter and personal; petitions opposing the move to Oshkosh were signed, bearing over 500 signatures. On April 2, 1850, an election was held in the county for and against the removal of the county seat from Oshkosh to Butte des Morts. The vote tallys were 472 for removal and 690 against. Oshkosh officially remained the county seat of Winnebago County. (Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern March 5, 1955).

The Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society was started in 2014 by Joe and Patti Yana from Butte des Morts, and Randy Domer from Oshkosh.

Our mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate materials and information relating to the rich history of Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, which began in 1818 as a fur trading post founded by Augustin Grignon.

News & Newsletters

Butte des Morts "Buzz", September 2014  
Newspaper article announcing our society  
Follow up to initial kick-off event  
Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society

Board Members

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Tom Kontos, President athan1821@yahoo.com
Deb Daubert, Vice President
Patti Yana, Secretary/Treasurer
Randy Domer
Joe Yana,
Janet Eiler
Tim Cook
Tom Kontos
Valerie Stabenow
Cindy Herbert

P.O. Box 332
       Butte des Morts, WI 54927


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