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Oconto County
Wisconsin
WAUPEE

The defunct township of Waupee was around the junction of 64 and 32,
south of Mountain and near the entrance to Chute Pond.

It was a logging settlement on the Waupee creek for a while. Not really a town or village, but a few homes for families, and a logging camp. The logging men dammed the Waupee for Spring log runs each year and hauled the logs there in winter over several years because it was the most convenient, easy access place for damming and hauling in the area. That is why families lived there for several years; it was a little community . 

When the trees were cut back too far away, the place folded up and moved on. It was later permanently dammed for recreation to form the flowage and the settlement site is now under water. But they had moved even the log shacks so there wasn't anything left anymore, except some apple trees that the families had planted.   There were lots of these places all over northern Wisconsin during lumber times, like Padus up north, and only the names remain in old documents and articles.

The creek was named for a folklore Indian Chief's son - Waupee or White Hawk. 
".......the story is of a man named Waupee or White Hawk who captured and married the youngest daughter of a Star. They had a son together but the Star Maiden missed her family and, taking her son with her, ran back to her home in the sky. As he grew, the boy missed his father so much that Star told his daughter to take the child to visit Waupee and invite him to live with them in
the heavens. Being a great hunter, Waupee took a claw, foot, tail, or feather of each animal that he hunted with him to make a great feast in the sky. The guests who took claws or feet turned into mammals; those choosing feathers or wings turned into birds. Waupee, the Star Maiden, and their
son each chose a white hawk's feather whereupon they turned into white hawk and flew to earth."
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/starmaid.htm
http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~afeinman/stories/daughter.html
http://members.tripod.com/fishnew2000/id101.htm
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/fhp/lakes/lakemap/0461300z.htm
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