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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants
(1846)

Chapter XII,   pp. 214-231 PDF (3.0 MB)


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HISTORY OF WISKONISAN.
intending to become actual settlers had any notice.
Hence the little improvement, and backward state of
the country around the capitol. The advantage, how-
ever, of having the seat of government in the county,
may make up for the land monopolizing misfortune.
The southeast corner of the county touches lake
Kosh Konong, which is an expansion of Rock river,
and touches the Wiskonsan river at the northeast,
embracing the ground upon which the "battle of the
Wiskonsan" was fought, between General Dodge's
volunteers and the Indians under Black Hawk, in 1832.
The four lakes lie near the centre of the county.
They are connected by a chain of streams, running
from one end to the other. Their outlet, Crawfish
creek, may very easily be made navigable to Rock
river, aflbrding valuable sites for hydraulic power.
This, with-Kosh Konong creek, and the head branches
of Sugar river, constitute the principal streams of the
county.
  Madison is the only village of any importance in the
county, although a great many have been laid out,
and may hereafter be built. Among those laid out,
are the city of the Four Lakes, ci.y of the Second
Lakes, Mandulnus, Clinton, Manchester, Dunkirk, and
Van Buren. Some portion of the county consists of
dry ridges, separated by marshes, which afford but
little inducement for present settlement.
  The Blue mounds belong to this county. They are
two large conical hills, or rather natural mounds,
twenty-five miles west of Madison, and twelve miles
south of the Wiskonsan river. One of them is situa-
ted in Iowa county. Their elevation is such that they
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