Mitchel, Martin; Osborn, Joseph H. / Geographical and statistical history of the county of Winnebago ... to which is prefixed a general view of the state of Wisconsin, together with a census table from its first settlement to the present time.
Winnebago county, pp. 52-7 ff. PDF (16.9 MB)
52 WINNEBAGO COUNTY. WINNEBAGO COUNTY. Readers whose minds have been somewhat educated in natural scenery, and possess an imagination tolerably active, may figure to themselves a district of country from twenty to twenty-four miles square, without a mountain, hill or distinguished eminence, generally level, but perpetually undulating like gentle swells upon the ocean; its surface presenting a luxurious growth of grass, shrubbery and herbage, variegated and ornamented with countless wild flowers of every form and every hue, intermingled with blossoming and fruit bearing shrubs and trees; with here a beautiful, but unbroken prairie; there a long glade of native hay-field, then a broad expanse of scattered oaks, like a time, honored orchard giving ample space for cultivation, and along the banks of flowing streams and pure lakes a dense border of forest trees, of hickory, oak, sugar-maple and bass; the waters inhabited by myriads of large and fine flavored fish; then spread along the whole eastern boundary a clear and beautiful sheet of water, from six to ten miles wide, which at the northeast corner of the tract, with strong current, forces itself through two channels to unite in a broad basin below, thus forming an island of about seven or eight hundred acres, and furnishing the most admirable water-power along the various shores, sufficient to drive the machinery of a kingdom; then along the northern boundary of the tract set a thick growth of heavy forest trees as far as the eye can reach; draw from the north- west to the south-east corner, a noble river meandering diagonally across the tract; near the center bring in another flowing stream-from the south-east, with graceful curvings gliding on to mingle its waters with the former, and unitedly supply the lake upon the eastern shore; people the landscape with the children of the forest in their native wildness; mark their wigwam villages; their cornfields, their bark canoes, their council-fires, and their war-dances, and there will be a truthful
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