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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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HISTORY OF WISKOSN8AN.
'he carbonate of lead, but most probably the earthy
oxide. The Blue mounds are covered to their sum-
mits with vegetation, from which there is a grand com-
manding view of the surrounding country, far beyond
the Wiskonsan to the north, embracing a wide circle
on every side. The Platte mounds are in many res-
pects similar in constrution to the Blue mounds and
may be considered rivals. They are situated to the
southwest of the latter: Near these are the remains
of a fort built by the Fur Company, which frequently
gave refuge to several white families, from the fury of
the savages. Here, also, may be seen the grave of
Lieutenant Force, who was killed by an Indian, near
where the grave is now seen. The Indian was after-
wards killed near the four lakes, in a skirmish with
General Dodge's volunteers. The gold watch belong-
ing to Lieutenant Force, was found in his possession,
and returned, by order of General Dodge, to his fam-
ily.
   Sugar river has its source in this country, fifteen
 miles west of Madison, and running south, through the
 eastern part of Green county, enters the Pekatonica,
 in Illinois. It may be considered the eastern limit of
 the mineral district, as no mines have, as yet been dis-
 covered east of this stream, although there are several
 near it on the west side.
   The first, of the beautiful chain of lakes in this
 county, between the third and fourth of which the cap-
 ital of the territory is located, has a circumference of
 nine and a half miles, and covers a surface of five
 square miles. Its longest diameter from east to west
 is three and one eighth miles; its north and south di-
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