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Ceresco was founded in 1844.
Ripon College (originally Brockway College) was founded in Ripon in 1851.
The Republican Party was formed in Ripon's Little White Schoolhouse, 303 Blackburn Street, in 1854.
Ripon was chartered in 1858.
Ripon is the hometown of Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, international suffragette leader and founder of the League of Women Voters.
Ripon houses three parts of the Underground Railroad - in the Ceresco, downtown and Speed Queen areas.
Pioneers from Ripon founded former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole's hometown of Russell, Kansas, in 1870.
Marcus Corporation's national chain of more than 150 movie theatres began in 1934 with Ripon's Campus Theatre, 103 Watson Street.
Ripon was the site of a prisoner of war camp during World War II.
Henry Selfridge, founder of England's Selfridge Department Stores, was born in Ripon.
The world's largest cookie, according to the Guiness Book of World Records, was baked in Ripon in 1992.
Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson proclaimed Ripon as CookieTown U.S.A. in 1996.
The headquarters of the National Forensic League, 125 Watson Street, is located in Ripon.
Ripon is the founding home of Speed Queen Washers and Dryers, Shepherd Street.
Ripon is home to Rippin' Good Cookies, Oshkosh Street.
Actors Harrison Ford and Spencer Tracy, singer Al Jarreau and news correspondent Richard Threlkeld are some of Ripon College's most famous graduates.
Two lifesize masterpieces by Sir Anthony Van Dyke are displayed in Ripon College's C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, Union Street.