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Black and white photo of my yard in Mequon, Wisconsin after a snowfall. The snow had fallen after a thick layer of ice had formed on the trees, roads and sidewalks, making it difficult to venture out of the door.
Living in Mequon near Lake Michigan, often mitigates the severe weather. In winter temperatures are a bit milder than one will find even a couple miles to the west, but the northeast winds coming off the lake can bring large fluffy snowflakes and "Lake Effect" snowfalls.
The name, Mequon, is a bit unusual. The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans; by the early 19th century, the Potawatomi occupied land west of the Milwaukee River, while the Menominee lived between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. European trappers, explorers and traders used the Milwaukee River through the middle of what is now Mequon as a means of transportation. The name "Mequon" is thought to have come from the Native-American word "Emikwaan" or "Miguan," meaning ladle, referring to the shape of the river in the area. The spelling was probably influenced by the French in the area at the time.
January 18th, 2013
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