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On an early canoe expedition, future Territorial Governor James Doty visited an island, with the Fox River flowing around it in two channels. When the U.S. government opened the land for settlement, Doty returned as a land speculator. A clash of ambitions between other town-builders led to the establishment of the rival settlements of Neenah and Menasha—one along each river channel.
Funded in part by major support from Richard and Amy Jo Aylward and the Aylward Family of Neenah, Mary and John Sensenbrenner, Bergstrom Automotive, Community First Credit Union, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., Daniel and Mame Heaney, Thomas J. Prosser, and Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation, with additional support from Alta Resources, John and Katherine Davis, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Legacy Private Trust Company, Bettie Hill, Miron Construction Company, Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin History Fund, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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