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Ross, James, 1830-1884 / Wisconsin and her resources for remunerating capital and supporting labor

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breaking bulk, and goods purchased in New York and shipped
by way of the Takes reach us by water and are landed within
the village, thus enabling our merchants to sell heavy freights at
a low price as compared with the markets of other inland towns
where such goods are carried over rough roads. This means of
commnunication will furnish a cheap and reliable avenue for carry-
ing off our surplus products, and when the improvement of the
Fox and Wisconsin rivers is completed, as it shortly will be, we
shall find a ready market on the Mississippi for our timber of all
kinds, whether manufactured or cut ready for the manufactories
of the large cities.
                       WATER POWER.
  In water powers, Shawano county has more than almost any
other county in this section of the State, and what adds to their
value, is the fact that they are so equally distributed through
almost the entire county, and can be made available in nearly
every town. The Embarrass river affords valuable sites for mills
in the towns of Bell Plain, Pella and Grant, several of which are
already in use. The stream is unvarying and the water abund-
ant. Red~river has power enough to run a hundred first class
mills and manufactories. Wolf river can easily and without any
heavy outlay be made available for a dozen or more mills and
machine shops. Mill Creek, in township twenty-six and twenty-
seven of range fourteen, has several good sites for mills. Shaw-
ano lake and its outlet give a good power at a little expense.
The outlet between Lake Shawano and White Clay lake will fur-
nish a good power for a grist or saw-mill. These sites can now
be purchased at reasonable prices; in fact some of the best of
them can be purchased of the State at one dollar and twenty-five
cents per acre.
   Our county has as-yet made but little advance in the direction
 of manufactories, although there is considerable talk of starting
 various branches. The county affords advantages in water pow-
 ers and material second to none. At present we have two grist-
 mills, three saw-mills run by water power, and four by steam;
 one wagon shop, six blacksmith shops and a Potash estabiaih-

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