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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

Lindsley, M. P.
A place for your money. The valley of the Lower Fox--the waterpowers--the iron and timber resources of the north--manufacturing towns,   p. 468 PDF (332.5 KB)

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The Wisconsin Lumberman.
The Valley of the Lower Fox-Thle Water- Si
p:wers-The Iron and Timber Resources vi
of the Nort -Menufacturing Towns.
Correspondelke of as Wisconuin LuiberniWn.
GREmN BAY, Wi&, Aug. 5-Wis- t4
consin presents to capital no grander it
field for investment, with the assur-
ance of liberal profits, than the valley f
of the lower Fox river from Neenah t
to Green Bay. The waterpower is f,
simply immense and very judiciously b
scattered as it were, nearly the whole
distance of thirty miles. The raw
material-iron and wood-in quanti- }
ties almost inexhaustible, are barely l
more than a stones throw away. The
grand forests of pine and all kinds of
hard wood cover the entire stretch of
territory from  Fox River to Lake
Superior. The beds of iron ore un-
der lie thousands of acres of the same
region, while Lake Superior even
with its mountains of rich metal is
only a days ride away. The advant-
ages for shipment by railroad and
water are not excelled by any locali-
ty. Labor is cheap because fuel and
food are cheap. So that all the con-
,ditions of cheap manufactures are
here fulfilled. Something has been
done already, but not a tithe of this
waterpower has been used, nor a
hundredth part of this vast source of
wrath utilized. A bare fringe of the
forests of pine have been wrought in-
;to lumber. Before the days of rail-
ways in northern Wisconsin, many
-thousands of acres of valuable hard-
wood lands were cleared away, logged
and ruthlessly burned by the early
settlers, to make way for the advanc-
ing hosts of later civilization, and to
provide subsistence for those already
a the ground. But now, with our
iilrosds penetrating these forests, a
alue is fixed upon the timber of a
onsiderable portion of this territory,
ad it only awaits the hands of capi-
tl to place it on the market and turn
into money.
At Neenahl and Menasha la& he
Souring mills and wooden mankifac-
tries have been put up and success-
fully operated. At Appleton an iron
bast furnace, a woolen factory and
everal wooden manufactories are
&ctively and profitably engaged. At
liankana and Depere large establish-
nents of a similar character are be-
ng run with satisfactory returns, and
ret many millions of dollars can find
profitable investment in manufactures
)o these great natural water powers.
M. P. LonsLix.
THE total shipments from Williams-
port for the season up to July 12th,
is 141,737,169 feet, against 126,050,-
629 feet in the same time last year;
or an increase in shipments this year
of 15,687,530 feet. A pretty good
showing for "dull times."
The WiscoNSS LtmuraEuA speaks
not of things or subjects political;
but we would like to see so fine a
man and lumberman as Mat. Wad-
leigh represent the 8th congressional
district of Wisconsin, at Washington.
TnE amount of logs run through
the Black River boom at Onalaska is
estimated at 175,000,000 feet. It is
also estimated that the La Crosse
mills will saw this season about 50,-
000,000 feet.

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