These were the first Europeans known to visit what is now Racine County.Further expeditions were made in the area by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1679 and by François Jolliet De Montigny and Jean Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes in 1698.
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In 1834 Captain Gilbert Knapp USRM, who was from Chatham, Massachusetts, founded the settlement of "Port Gilbert" at the place where the Root River empties into Lake Michigan.
Knapp had first explored the area of the Root River valley in 1818, and returned with financial backing when the war ended.
Its location and many of its buildings are preserved today by the Community of St. Also in 1852, Racine High School, the first public high school in Wisconsin, opened. With new waves of people arriving, older parishes received a boost from the Hispanic community, which formed Cristo Rey, re-energizing St.
The high school operated until 1926, when it was torn down to make way for the new Racine County Courthouse. Patrick's into the strong Catholic community of today. Cathcart, In 1887, malted milk was invented in Racine by English immigrant William Horlick, and Horlicks remains a global brand. Johnson & Son, whose headquarters were designed in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wright.