Cato (community), Wisconsin

Cato is an unincorporated community located in the town of Cato, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States. Cato is located on U.S. Route 10 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Whitelaw. U.S. Route 10 also forced the razing of much of downtown Cato.

Cato, Wisconsin
Downtown Cato
Downtown Cato
Cato, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Cato, Wisconsin
Cato, Wisconsin
Cato, Wisconsin is located in the United States
Cato, Wisconsin
Cato, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°08′34″N 87°51′40″W / 44.14278°N 87.86111°W / 44.14278; -87.86111Coordinates: 44°08′34″N 87°51′40″W / 44.14278°N 87.86111°W / 44.14278; -87.86111
Country United States
State Wisconsin
260 m (850 ft)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)920
GNIS feature ID1562813[1]
The sign for Cato
Cato Post Office and General Store


Cato was originally known as Nettle Hills due to the abundant itchy weed before being renamed after a settler's hometown, Cato, New York.[2] As a station along a train line from Manitowoc to Forest Junction, Cato averaged 8 trains a day. A school existed from the 1900s to 1930s and a Presbyterian church from then to the 1960s. The post office lasted for 128 years.

In 1992, a project to improve U.S. 10 required the purchase of the townsite and much of the downtown buildings to be razed, thus resulting in historical buildings to come down.[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cato (community), Wisconsin
  2. ^ a b Fochs, Rhonda (2017). Wisconsin's Lost Towns. Clearwater, Minnesota: North Star Press. p. 151. ISBN 1-68201-058-9.