The Valley of the Lower Fox: historical, descriptive, picturesque
Valley of the Lower Fox, pp. -
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 "baýI 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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