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Waukesha (Town & City) Real Estate

First settled by European-Americans in 1834, the area we now know as Waukesha started out as nothing but dense forest and wild prairie. The name Waukesha came from the Ojibwe name of Waagoshag and the Potawatomi name Wau-tsha, and was once known for its extremely clean and good tasting spring water.

By 1846, the area was incorporated as the Town of Prairie Village, soon renamed Prairieville.  By 1847 the name was changed once again to The Village of Waukesha  and the areas that were once all part of Milwaukee County broke away to become the County of Waukesha. By 1896 the location became the City of Waukesha and by 1900 had around 7,419 residents.

Around 1918, Waukesha, once know nationally for its “miracle waters” began to face a water supply storage due to the boom in factories and residents and many wells were drilled to remedy the problem.  In 1987 it was discovered that years of over pumping had lowered the water table by hundreds of feet and in 2017, Waukesha secured a forty year agreement to purchase Lake Michigan water from Milwaukee and return water through Racine.

Since it’s inception, Waukesha has been one of the most prosperous communities in the state of Wisconsin, thanks in part to its economic strengths including parks and schools. Lying in the Kettle Moraine region of the state, Waukesha boasts natural beauty thanks to glaciers that carved out the hills, ridges, valleys and lakes.