Introduction to Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock county, is located 12 miles S of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 67 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is included in the Janesville - Beloit metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 35,775 people resided in Beloit.
The Winnebago Indians were the original inhabitants of Beloit. At that time, the area was known as the Village of Ke-chunk-nee-shun-nuk-ra. The first white settler of the area was a French trapper called Joseph Thiebault who arrived in the 1820s. The present name of the city was derived from a French term "Balotte" meaning handsome ground. The city was established in 1836. The Beloit College was founded in the city in 1846. It was originally incorporated on February 24, 1846 as a village. Later on March 31, 1856, it was recognized as a city. A Council - Manager form of government was adopted in 1929.
Beloit and nearby Attractions
- Beloit Plaza Shopping Center
- Logan Museum
- Beloit Historical Society Museum
- Hanchett - Bartlett Homestea
- Big Hill Park
Things To Do In Beloit
While staying in Beloit the history buffs should visit the Angel Museum, Beckman Mill, Hanchett - Bartlett Homestead, Beloit College, and Logan Museum of Anthropology. The Beloit Historical Society Museum provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. The Turtle Creek Park, Riverside Park, Vernon Avenue Park, White Park, Telfer Park, and Hickley Field Park are some of the local parks. The Beloit Plaza Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination. Local festivals include Heritage Days, Riverfest, and International Film Festival.
Air transport facilities are available at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field.
Beloit Higher Education
Beloit College is the local higher education institution. Others in the neighborhood include Rock Valley College, Kishwaukee College, and University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.