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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants
(1846)

Chapter XII,   pp. 214-231 PDF (3.0 MB)


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22  maoY OP WISKONSAW.
miles apart, having a smaller one between them.
They are a compound of lime stone rock, and visible
upwards of thirty miles, and answered in former times
as a beacon, or land mark, to guide the weary, wan-
dering traveller on his trackless course. The Indian
name is Eu-ne-she-te-no, or Twin mountains. The
prospect from their summits is delightfully grand.
Beneath and around you, is an ocean of Prairie, ex-
tending far and wide. To the north, the view is
bounded only by the distant Wiskonsan hills; to the
east, the limits of the prairie and wood lands are lost
in the blue horizon; on the northeast, the towering
Blue mounds form, as it were, a back-ground to the
view; on the south, the prospect extends far into the
plains of Illinois; in the southwest, the Sinsinava mound
attracts the gaze of the admiring spectator; in the west.
the vision is arrested, at a distance, by the -Table
mound, and the hills of the Mississippi; while, to the
northwest, the high lands of the father of waters close
the grand review. Before you, at the foot of the
eastern mound, stands the beautiful and thriving little
village of Belmont, with its painted buildings glistening
in the sun beams. The vast level of verdant fields, as
viewed from the top of these mounds. resembles the
sluggish rolling swells of the ocean after a storm.
On the crest of these beautiful land swells, appear,
occasionally, ranges of verdant trees, groves of wood,
and parks of timber, planted by verdant nature to or-
nament the matchless scene.  Over this extended
prospect you behold, scattered beyond, in every direc-
tion, the farms of the settlers, covered with luxuriant
crops.  The straight dark lines, crossing at right
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