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

Wisconsin's new lands. Description of the timber and farming lands opened to settlers by the Wisconsin Central Railyway--the crop of towns springing up in the wilderness--information of value to immigrants and capitalists,   pp. 361-363 PDF (1018.8 KB)


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36he Wisconsin Lumberman.
long rolls, not unlike prairie lands.
The timber is substantially the same
as at Marshfield, and of equally good
quality, being excellent and the soil
ditto. This place is known as sta-
tion 40, being 40 miles from Stevens
Point, and is in the northwestern
corner of township 26, range 3 east.
For good pine, butternut, red oak,
and basswood, this locality excels.
Six miles from this point is
SwITY.
It contains 8 or 10 dwellings, a store,
Dr. Wells' office, the Unity House,
by C. Duval, Spaulding & Co's mil,
which is located on the Eau-Plain
river. The railway company are en-
gaged clearing off forty acres, on
which to lay out a town plat. The
soil is good, tinber about of the
same character as that at Waltham.
Farming lands desirable.  Many
settlers in the woods around here.
Abundance of pine.
Five miles beyond Unity is
COLBY,
containing  thirty-five  buildings,
mostly in an unfinished state; four
stores, on one the sign "Booth &
Barry, Milwaukee Store," was con-
spicuous, a good sized hotel nearly
completed and ready for guests.
Lekey Graves, of Fond du Lac, has
a saw mill one mile south of this
place. There is a small shingle
factory here also, doing apparently
good work. Pine, basswood, elm,
birch and maple are the prevailing
kinds of timber, but they are not so
thrifty as timber below. The soil is
not quite so good, stil this is fair
farming land, and a fair pine region.
Mr. Thomas has a clothes pin
factory three-fourths of a mile west
of Colby, running on birch timber.
Sixteen miles from Colby is
MEDFOB)D,
being 67 miles from Stevens Point.
Semple & McDonald (Dan McDon-
ald) have a large saw mill here on
Black river, nearly ready for business.
There are two hotels, large depot, a
store, and a dozen or so large dwell-
ings. There are many settlers in
the surrounding country. The soil
is not so good as below, but still it is
fair. Considerable hemlock id found
here, and I judge a thriving busi-
ness is carried on at this place in the
bark trade.
Beyond Medford to the end of the
railway, in township 36, rang 1 east,
the farming land is no better, al-
though the pine is in some localities
much larger and finer. Township 34
has perhaps the largest quantity of
what lumbermen call "uppers" of
any township on the line. It is very
large, trees three and four feet
through, and ranging in prices all
the way from one dollar to two dol-
lars per M, stumpage. One or two
mills are going to be put in here in
townships 33 and 34 this season.
Government lands are lying open
yet to be entered as homsteads.
Many persons are locating there.
The woods, as one man said, are full
of "homesteaders."
A grand heritage surely, which by
means of this railway, is being rapidly
settled up and developed.
This paper is too long already and
the half is not told.
I will close with a pretty accu-
rate list of the milling establishment
which have been located, some of
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