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Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])

Cedarburg, Washington County (Wis)/ November 21, 1851,   pp. [1]-7 PDF (2.4 MB)

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such exalted Natuer, at least that is how it affected me, and most of the
others who saw it were likewise impressed.
 After three or four days we left Buffalo and traveled over the Lakes in
favorable weather.  I might say incidentally that I expected these to be
much more romantic, the shores are mostly flat, no sign of hills, and if
there were not overgrown with woods, they would offer a very pasture-like
view.  I without mishap we reached Milwaukie the principal city, that is
the largest city in Wisconsin, very picturesquely situated on both shores
of teh Milwaukie River, which enters Lake Michigan at this point.  At that
time the city had but few buildings compared with the present; in 1839 there
was only a log cabin, when I arrive (1846) the populations was nine thousand
souls and according to the last census this has increased to twenty-four
thousand.  The main streets along the River are all built up with fine brick
houses.  Where once the woodman in his canoe hunted ducks, there now stand
the finest store buildings.  The streets have been filled in by the removal
of the ground from nearby hills.  The city already has a railroad and five
plank roads which bring her the products and trade of teh more remote districts.
 I remained in Milwaukie about fourteen days and during this time (manuscript
damaged) we planned a trip to visit a certain Luning with whom we had become
acquainted.  He had the notnion of building a mill on the Cedar River (Cedar
Creek), a stream which flows into the Milwaukee river.  We used his invitation
to get up a hunting party and roamed around for three days and three nights
during which time we lived on doves and grouse until we finally arrived in
 This little place consisted at that of a newly erected flour mill, a saw
mill, a store, a hotel, and 

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