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Statistics & Facts

The Wisconsin state capital is Madison.
The population of Plainfield is approximately 839 (1990), 862 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 370 (1990), 315 (2010).
The amount of land area in Plainfield is 3.361 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Plainfield to Washington DC is 776 miles.
The distance to the Wisconsin state capital is 78 miles. (as the crow flies)
Plainfield is positioned 44.21 degrees north of the equator and 89.49 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in central Wisconsin, 21 miles southeast of Wisconsin Rapids.
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History & History Related Items

The first settler in 1848 was William N. Kelly from New York State and thesite was called Norwich. Elija C. Waterman came the following year andlaid out a village. He offered free lots to settlers if they would build andlive on them. A grist mill, a saw mill, and a general store were soonadded. When the post office was established, Mr. Waterman was appointed as the first postmaster and officially changed the name to honor his earlierhome in Plainfield, Vermont.
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Plainfield Historical Events

On an autumn afternoon when oak leaves scuttle down the lonely roads and a sun, like warm tea, does little to warm the sky, it's easy to give yourself the creeps on a tour of the Ed Gein homeland. It was fall, 43 years ago, during the deer hunting season, when Gein was finally caught, after murdering a woman at the local hardware store and taking her body home to hang in his shed. Witnesses said the body was "dressed out like a deer." The hardware store is still there, and so is the ramp where he backed up the pickup truck to load the body. Gein was also a grave robber who would dig up women's bodies and take home their body parts. He would tan them and sew clothes so he could parade around his farm in women's skin and body parts. He also made them into furniture and sometimes ate them.

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