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The Valley of the Lower Fox: historical, descriptive, picturesque
(1887)

Valley of the Lower Fox,   pp. [2]-[3]


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NEIENAt ITHE lOLI) G()V. DOITY LOG-HOUSE, ON IOT1 Y ISLAND. 
                VALLEY OF THE LOWER FOX. 
      What is known as the Valle of the Loowcr Fox River is the region extending
along that river 
from Lake Winnebago to Green Day, a distance of about thirty-eight miles.
       It is a fanous and interesting portion of country, rich in history
and natural resources. The scen 
cry is varied, picturesque and grand, the Waterway an important one, and
the numerouMs water powers, 
beginning at Neenah and Menasha and ending, at le)celrc, are the most valuable
in this country. 
       This wvork is designed to gather together such illustrations as will
give the best delineation of this 
Valley in which the choicest gifts of nature are so abundant. 
       Froill the time of its first Cexploratioi by c.ixllzcid man, the Fox
River has been an object of de- 
light and admiration. The carly mi ssionaries as they penctrated it.,x wilds
were amazed at the beauty 
and grandeur of the scenery which greeted their cyes at every step. 
      This Valley is a link in one if the gircat historic chains that stretches
back into the early dawn of 
American civilization. The Fox and \Wisconsin Rivers and  thkc \Vinneba-o,
bcing the links connecting 
a chain from the Gulf of the St. Ixawrence to the Gulf of Mexico, were the
earliest channels of the 
travel of the West. In all periods of history, water communication has igut
ed as an important feature 
of savage and civilized activities. 
       The libraries of the land contain fill] and faithful histories of
the struggles of civilization in gain- 
ing supremacy over this region  A siinple hint here and there is all that
is desired in this connection, 
A comparison of dates may be uiseful and interesting. 'File charter for the
Colonies of Virninia was 
given by King James in 16i6, and in i6o9 HJenry H udson discovered the Bay
of New York and the 
North River. In 1620 the first permanent settlement was made in New England,
wxhile, as early as 1634, 
Nicollet, an interpreter, commissioned by the (oxcrnmnut of New F'rance,
travxrsed the Fox Rivers and 
Lake of the \Vinnebagoes for die purpose     , f discovxery and of maknin
treaties with the Indians. A 
council was held at the foot of Iakc \ ime "baĆ½I at which was
made the first treaty ever entered into 
between the Indians of the West and Iui4 ',Mn".      U'pon Nicollet's
return to  ue bec he gave such 


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