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Art work of the Wisconsin River Valley
(1901)

Part 2


factor. The undeveloped water-power of the old river is an inexhaustible mine of wealth which
can be drawn upon as long as the sun continues to lift the moisture of the earth to the skies, and
the rains of heaven continue to fall. In the ceaseless insistance of irresistible power the waters
of the river fall over the slight declivities which here and there break the course of the stream,
and in every one of these falls there is undeveloped power which means immense possibilities in
the future. This alone has brought to the industries of the Valley the recent addition of paper-
making, and while the daily output of the mills is now hundreds of tons, the probability is that
in the future this will be largely increased. The wood used in this industry is that which the
lumbering operations did not include, so that it gives a new lease of life to lands which had
already been cut over.
The furniture factories are also drawing upon the resources of the hardwood belts with
which the pine country is interspersed, and they are fast becoming a considerable element of the
manufactures of the Valley.
The mineral deposits in one form or another are being developed. Graphite is mined in
the Valley, and the famous quartzite deposit known as Rib Mountain is yielding up its treasure
to the miner and the crusher.
Factories making a wide variety of commercial specialties, drawing for the most part or
wholly on the hardwood resources of the Valley are numerous and well distributed through the
different towns along the river.
The agricultural resources of The Wisconsin Valley are considerable and substantial.
One of the Valley counties, Marathon, has for three years in succession been awarded the first
county premium at the Wisconsin State Fair, and as that is a competition which is eagerly con-
tested from all parts of the state, it is an honour which means much to the section of country to
which it is awarded. While in the main the farmer has followed the logger, and agriculture has
only come in after the lumbering was over, there are parts of The Wisconsin Valley which have
been under agricultural cultivation for over fifty years, and many of its farms are now operated
by the grandchildren of the original settler. There are whole farming communities in The
Wisconsin Valley in which the mortgage which inevitably marks the dawn of life in the farmer's
operations has long since disappeared, and in which the substantial homes and spacious out-
buildings evidence the thrift and prosperity of the residents. There is also a considerable
amount of stock-raising and dairying in the Valley, and creameries and cheese-factories materi-
ally encourage these branches of farming.
In short, those who regard The Wisconsin Valley as a lumberman's paradise, valuable un-
til the timber is gone, would be enchanted by the revelation of all the possibilities, industrial,
agricultural and commercial, which lie open before it. Its resources are diversified and well-
nigh inexhaustible, and its people have the force and push and enterprise which is as neccessary
to communal success as are the gifts of nature without which it cannot be won.
In social activities the progress of The Wisconsin Valley has been no less marked than in


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