About Racine, Wisconsin Real Estate
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Welcome to Racine, Wisconsin!
Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. According to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city had a population of 82,196. Racine is the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin, located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River, approximately 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago, Illinois.
On October 10, 1699, a fleet of eight canoes bearing a party of French explorers entered the mouth of Root River. These were the first Europeans known to visit what is now Racine County. Led by Jonathan Paradise, they founded a trading post in the area that eventually became a small settlement on Lake Michigan near where the Root River empties into Lake Michigan. "Racine" is French for "root".
In 1832, just after the Blackhawk War, the area surrounding Racine was settled by Yankees from upstate New York. In 1834 Captain Gilbert Knapp, USRM founded the settlement of Port Gilbert at the place where the Root River empties into Lake Michigan. The area was previously called Kipi Kawi and Chippecotton by the indigenous peoples, both names for the Root River. The name "Port Gilbert" was never really accepted, and in 1841 the community was incorporated as the village of Racine. After Wisconsin was admitted to the Union in 1848, the new legislature voted in August to incorporate Racine as a city.
Before the Civil War, Racine was well known for its strong opposition to slavery, with many slaves escaping to freedom via the Underground Railroad passing through the city. In 1854 Joshua Glover, an escaped slave who had made a home in Racine, was arrested by federal marshals and jailed in Milwaukee. One hundred men from Racine, and ultimately 5,000 Wisconsinites, rallied and broke into the jail to free him. He was helped to escape to Canada. Glover's rescue gave rise to many legal complications and a great deal of litigation. This eventually led to the Wisconsin Supreme Court declaring the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 unconstitutional, and later, the Wisconsin State Legislature refusing to recognize the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Waves of immigrants, including Danes, Germans, and Czechs, began to settle in Racine between the Civil War and the First World War. African Americans started arriving in large numbers during World War I, as they did in other Midwestern industrial towns, and Mexicans migrated to Racine from roughly 1925 onward.
Racine was a factory town almost from the very beginning. The first industry in Racine County included the manufacture of fanning mills, machines that separated wheat grain from chaff. Racine also had its share of captains of industry, including J. I. Case (heavy equipment), S. C. Johnson & Son (cleaning and chemical products), and Arthur B. Modine (Heat Exchangers). Racine's harbor was central to the shipping industry in the late 19th century. Racine was also an early car manufacturing center. One of the world's first automobiles was built there in 1871 or 1872 by Dr. J. W. Cathcart, as was the Pennington Victoria tricycle, the Mitchell, and the Case.
In 1887, malted milk was invented in Racine by English immigrant William Horlick, and Horlicks remains a global brand. The garbage disposal was invented in 1927 by architect John Hammes of Racine, who founded the company InSinkErator, which still produces millions of garbage disposers a year. In addition, Racine is the home of S.C. Johnson & Son, formerly Johnson's Wax, whose headquarters was designed in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wright, who also designed the Wingspread Conference Center and several homes and other buildings in Racine. The city is also home to the Dremel Corporation, Reliance Controls Corporation and Twin Disc.
Racine claims to be the largest North American settlement of Danes outside of Greenland. The city is particularly known for its Danish pastries, especially kringle. Several local bakeries have been featured on the Food Network.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built the Johnson Wax Headquarters building in Racine. The building was and still is considered a marvel of design innovation, despite its many practical annoyances such as leaks. Wright urged then-president Hib Johnson to build the structure outside of Racine, a city Wright thought of as "backwater." Hib Johnson refused to have the Johnson Wax Headquarters sited anywhere other than Racine, and in a compromise Wright built it in Racine, but without windows.
Racine was recently named one of the "10 Great Places to Fly Your Patriotic Colors" by USA Today and was cited as having the best-tasting city water in America by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on June 20, 2011.
Racine Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate
Racine, Wisconsin real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront or scenic view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Sellers who have been in the area for a while know our reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. We mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of solution for you.
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Other nearby communities have similar real estate characteristics as Racine and may also be of interest to you in your home search. Please feel free to ask REALiTEAM Real Estate Group about homes for sale, lakeside/riverside properties and other real estate listings for nearby communities, such as Brookfield, Caledonia, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Muskego, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Racine, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis, West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay and much more.
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Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce Chamber of Commerce
The State of Wisconsin
Racine, WI Real Estate Summary on IDCide
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Notable past or present residents of Racine, Wisconsin include:
Chi Coltrane, musician
Chester Commodore, cartoonist, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize 12 times
Ellen Corby, television actress
Ben Hecht, author and playwright
Fredric March, screen and stage actor
Barbara McNair, television and screen actress
Pancho Carter, NASCAR driver, 1976 USAC Sprint Car Champion, member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Jim Chones, NBA player
Jason Jaramillo, MLB player
Abdul Jeelani, NBA basketball player
Duane Kuiper, MLB player and broadcaster
Jim McIlvaine, NBA player
Brent Moss, NFL player
Shane Rawley, MLB pitcher
Vinny Rottino, MLB player
Howie Ruetz, NFL player
Ron Hart, member of the semi-pro football players, coaches and officials Halls of Fame and current Racine Assemblyman
Jerome (J.I.) Case, inventor
George N. Gillett Jr., owner of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team and co-owner of Premier League team, Liverpool F.C. and the NASCAR auto racing team Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
Herbert Fisk Johnson III, Chairman and CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son, member of the Forbes 400
Harold C. Agerholm, World War II Marine and Medal of Honor recipient
Les Aspin, U.S. Secretary of Defense
Walter Goodland, Governor of Wisconsin
Gwen Moore, U.S. Representative
Laurel Clark, astronaut; died on reentry in her first space flight on Space Shuttle Columbia
Keith Stattenfield, lead engineer, Apple Computer