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Somers is a village[6] in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population in 2018 was an estimated 8,359.[3] Somers has a post office with ZIP code 53171.[5]

Somers, Wisconsin
Location of Somers in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Location of Somers in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°37′17″N 87°52′17″W / 42.62139°N 87.87139°W / 42.62139; -87.87139
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountyKenosha
Area
 • Total25.274 sq mi (65.46 km2)
 • Land25.257 sq mi (65.42 km2)
 • Water0.017 sq mi (0.044 km2)
Elevation679 ft (207 m)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
8,359
 • Density331/sq mi (127.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)262
FIPS code55-74650[4]
GNIS feature ID1584173[2]
Websitesomers.org

The village of Somers was incorporated on April 24, 2015, following a local election that favored incorporation.[7] While the village originally only included the eastern half of the town's former boundaries, it now includes almost all of the original town; the remainder is still a town and is slated to become part of Kenosha by 2035.[8][9]

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HistoryEdit

The community was originally named Pike on April 15, 1843, by an act of the Wisconsin territorial legislature,[10] and became Somers in 1851.[11]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 25.274 square miles (65.46 km2), of which 25.257 square miles (65.42 km2) are land and 0.017 square miles (0.044 km2) are water.[12]

BerryvilleEdit

Berryville is a residential and business community located in the eastern part of the village, at the intersection of Kenosha County Highway A (7th Street) and Highway 32 (Sheridan Road). The community was named for the proliferation of strawberry farms in the area.[13] The Berryville School was a community fixture into the 1980s, when it was demolished for new housing. Adjacent to the school to the south was the Mid-City Outdoor Theatre (1948-1984), one of Wisconsin's first drive-in theatres.[14]

EducationEdit

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018 (PEPANNRES): Wisconsin Incorporated Places". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b United States Postal Service. "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Brines, Jon (24 May 2015). "Somers Village Board gets off to rocky start". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Incorporation". Village and Town of Somers. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Proposed Village Incorporation (PDF) (Map). Town of Somers. February 23, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Somers Town & Village Boundaries (PDF) (Map). Village and Town of Somers. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  10. ^ https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1843/related/territory_acts/43act_p58_59.pdf
  11. ^ https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1851/related/acts/213.pdf
  12. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files: County Subdivisions - Wisconsin". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  13. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 44.
  14. ^ Kenosha Placenames
  15. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1911,' Biographical Sketch of William H. Flett, pg. 648
  16. ^ 'Drue Leyton; Actress, Member of the French Resistance,' Los Angeles Times, February 11, 1997
  17. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1923,' Biographical Sketch of Conrad Shearer, pg. 625

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