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Whitbeck, R. H., 1871-1939 (Ray Hughes) / The geography and economic development of southeastern Wisconsin
(1921)

Chapter III. Mineral products,   pp. 24-29 PDF (1.3 MB)


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GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN
CHAPTER III
MINERAL PRODUCTS
The rocks of southeastern Wisconsin do not yield any me-
tallic products except iron ore, which is mined near Mayville
in Dodge County and formerly in the Baraboo valley in Sauk
County. The five counties covered by this bulletin yield only
non-metallic minerals, the most important of which arc lime-
stone, clay, and mineral waters.
Fig. 14-Limestone quarry in Waukesha County; one of many in eastern
Wisconsin. Great quantities are used for road construction and for con-
crete work. Many of the fine buildings in Waukesha and in other cities
of eastern Wisconsin are built of this stone.
LIMESTONE. The greater part of the limestone is quarried
from the Niagara formation which forms the bed rock of
about 80 per cent of the area of the five counties. This lime-
stone is firm and hard and nearly all of a light gray color
(Fig. 14). A number of the finest buildings in Waukesha
are constructed of this rock; these include the county build-
ings, Carroll College, the High School, and a number of
churches and private residences. Many beautiful homes and
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