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Door County, Wisconsin

US county information
NameDoor County
StateWisconsin
SeatSturgeon Bay
US Area
Total Area2370 sq mi (6138.3 km2)
Land Area483 sq mi (1251 km2)
Water Area1887 sq mi (4887.3 km2)
Population27961 (2000)
Density22.4/km2 (57.92/sq mi)
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Door County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 27,961. Its county seat is Sturgeon Bay. Door County is a popular vacation and tourist destination, especially for residents of Wisconsin and Illinois.

The county is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island. The dangerous passage, which is now scattered with shipwrecks, was known to early French explorers and local Native Americans. Because of the natural hazards of the strait, where the waters of Green Bay meet the open body of Lake Michigan, they gave it the French appellation Porte des Morts Passage, which in English means the "Door to the Way to Death," or simply, "Death's Door."


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