Crivitz, Wisconsin

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Crivitz is a village in Marinette County
Marinette County, Wisconsin
Marinette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 43,384. Its county seat is Marinette.Marinette County is part of the Marinette, WI–MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:According to the U.S...

, Wisconsin
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, United States
United States
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. The population was 998 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Marinette
Marinette, Wisconsin
Marinette is a city in and the county seat of Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 11,749 at the 2000 census.Marinette is the principal city of the Marinette, WI–MI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Marinette County, Wisconsin and Menominee...

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 Micropolitan Statistical Area
Marinette micropolitan area
The Marinette Micropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties – one in Wisconsin and one in Michigan – anchored by the city of Marinette, Wisconsin...



Crivitz was surveyed and plotted in the summer of 1883. This work was filed with the Register of Deeds in Marinette County on 10 September 1883 by German immigrant, Frederick John Bartels.

Crivitz was a town until 1913, when it was incorporated as the Village of Crivitz. The village hall, originally located at 600 Main Avenue, was later relocated at 800 Main Avenue. The downtown developed along Main Avenue in the 600 to 900 blocks from 1913 to 1924. In 1924 a devastating fire destroyed 22 buildings along the south side of Main Avenue. In 1927, the village was disincorporated and became the Town of Crivitz. The fire, disincorporation, and the start of the Great Depression
Great Depression
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s...

 in 1929 sealed the fate of Crivitz for many years.

In 1974 Crivitz was once again incorporated as the Village of Crivitz, with the Village Hall at 800 Henriette Avenue. This was quickly followed by improvements in the water-sewer system, electrical system, and highway-transportation system. The village currently operates under its 1974 incorporation with a Village President (executive), a Board of Trustees (legislative), and a Municipal Judge (judicial). Village operations are carried out by the Public Works Department, Water-Sewer Department, Police Department, Fire Department, and Parks Department. In the 1980s the village business district moved to U.S. Highway 141
U.S. Route 141
U.S. Route 141 is a north–south highway in the U.S. states of Michigan and Wisconsin. US 41 is its parent route. Its northern terminus, on US 41, is near Covington, Michigan; its southern terminus, with I-43 near Bellevue, Wisconsin; it remains in existence in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a...

 on the eastern edge of the village. Along with the inclusion of Dyer Buisness Park, in 2005, which runs along Highway 141. There has been no addition development in the downtown area of the village. The residential area has continued to expand both north and south between the railroad tracks and the Peshtigo River
Peshtigo River
The Peshtigo River is a tributary of Green Bay. The Peshtigo Fire happened in the river's vicinity and some survivors used the river for refuge from the flames. A section of whitewater on the river called the Roaring Rapids is a well-known in the region...


Street Names

Main Avenue (railroad tracts to Peshtigo River) is the heart of the original business district. This street is also known as "County Highway W". Fourteen of the streets in the village are named for members of the Bartels family. One Block North of Main Avenue is Henriette Avenue, named for a daughter and also known as County Highway A. On the west side of the railroad tracks is Louisa Street. This was named for Fredrik Bartels' wife. On the west side of the village at the Peshtigo River is F. J. Street. This was named for Fredrick John Bartels himself.


Crivitz enjoys a small town atmosphere with a focus on the recreational opportunities in the area, including hunting, fishing, boating, camping, snowmobiling and competitive sports activities.

The newest park in the Wisconsin state park system, Governor Thompson State Park
Governor Thompson State Park
Governor Thompson State Park is a Wisconsin state park in development approximately northwest of Crivitz. The park contains of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Reservoir, part of the Peshtigo River, and of shoreline on two small kettle lakes. Adjacent lands are part of the Peshtigo River State...

, is being developed north of Crivitz. The park was created in 2000, the centennial year of the Wisconsin state park system, and named after then-Governor Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
Thomas George "Tommy" Thompson , a United States Republican politician, was the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, after which he served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Thompson was a candidate for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, but dropped out early after a poor performance in polls...


Just up the road from Governor Thompson State Park is the Calderan Falls Bar & Grill, which hosts the annual Hog Wrestling World Championships, over 200 four-man teams compete, and more than 10,000 spectators enjoy the event.


Crivitz is located at 45°14′2"N 88°0′25"W (45.233915, -88.006955).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 998 people, 406 households, and 239 families residing in the village. The population density
Population density
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 was 657.1 people per square mile (253.5/km²). There were 457 housing units at an average density of 300.9 per square mile (116.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.99% White, 0.20% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.90% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 406 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples
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 living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $89,250, and the median income for a family was $76,464. Males had a median income of $54,646 versus $20,046 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the village was $13,405. About 12.2% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.


The tourism industry and outdoor activities such as fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting are important to the Crivitz economy. Several area businesses specialize in outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting, tubing, ATV trail upkeep, and boat rental services.

Notable residents

  • Pete Banaszak
    Pete Banaszak
    Pete Banaszak is a former player of college and professional American football. A running back, he played college football at the University of Miami, and played professionally in the American Football League for the Oakland Raiders from 1966 through 1969, and for the NFL Raiders through...

    , NFL player and running back for the Oakland Raiders
    Oakland Raiders
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