Latitude / Longitude:
43°19’14 N 87°54’59 W
689 ft (210 m)
Central (CST) (UTC-6)
Ulao, Wisconsin (/ju ‘le o / yoo-LAY-oh) is an unincorporated community in the Town of Grafton in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. It is located at the intersection of Ulao Road and the old Chicago and Northwestern railroad running from Milwaukee to Green Bay.
Today, I-43 runs a few hundred feet to the west of the town. Ulao Creek runs through the community.
Just to the east of Ulao, on the shore of Lake Michigan, was the hamlet of Port Ulao, which was founded in 1847 by James T. Gifford, an investor from Elgin, Illinois. Gifford began a business of selling wood to steamships heading down the lake, and built a 1000-foot wooden pier into the lake for ships to dock. He then constructed a chute down the side of a steep bluff to transport logs that farmers in the area produced while clearing land.
Ulao contained a post office from 1850 until 1864. The origin of the name Ulao is obscure; some say it was named for a Native American chieftain, while others believe it is a corruption of a French name