Grant County Place Names: G

Georgetown. This township was named for George P. Anderson, an early settler. He was a Civil War veteran and the first settler in 1873.

Gibralter. In 1828 Asa E. Hough built a furnace and a sawmill on the Platte River a few miles from Paris and named it Gibraltar (or Gibralter). This settlement was never recognized as a town.

Gilmore. Small settlement near Sinsinawa Mounds named after one of the early settlers, a Mr. Gilmore.

Glen Haven. The earliest name was Stump Town in 1836. A few years later it was renamed Ray’s Landing, after Richard Ray and his brothers. In 1857 George Burroughs, who had come from Scotland, and five other men platted the town as a part of Cassville, but two years later it became a separate village. The villagers suggested it be named Burroughsville. Mr. Burroughs declined the honor but said he would choose a name. ‘Call it Glen Haven,’ he said, ‘after the glens of Scotland and the haven so like heaven nestled between the bluffs and wooded hills.’

Grant County. Named for the river, which was named after a Mr. Grant, a famous trapper and Indian trader. He lived in a cabin on the riverbank when Wisconsin was still a territory. His cooking utensil was a brass kettle that he wore under his cap on his head. One day he encountered a war part of Ho-Chunk. One Indian struck Grant on the head with his tomahawk, producing no other effect than a sharp ring from the kettle. The Indians recoiled in terror, exclaiming ‘Manitou!’

Green Cloud Hill. A hill in Wyalusing State Park named after a Ho-Chunk chief.