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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

Chapter XIII,   pp. 231-235 PDF (863.5 KB)

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  232           HISTORY.OF 'W'IKOMNSA.
  river, and little Platte river. The principal villages
  are Lancaster, Potosi, Sinapie, Cassville, Grant, Gibral-
  tar, Wingville, and Platteville.  This county abounds
  in mineral diggings, or mines of lead and copper ore,
  especially in the southern part of the county, and on
  Blue river, in the northern part, from which large for-
  tunes have been realized by miners, smelters, mer-
  chants and speculators. The county is bounded on
  two sides by navigable waters-the Mississippi and
  Wiskonsan rivers. It has more good timber land than
  any other county in the mineral country, and the most
  beautiful, undulating prairies, abounding with fine
  springs. There is neither a swamp nor a stagnant
  pool of water in the county. The soil, in both tim-
  ber and prairie lands, is very rich, yielding all kinds of
  grain and vegetables in abundance, with comparatively
  little labor. Among the growth of timber found in
this county, oak, walnut. hickory, lynn or bass wood,
sugar maple, cherry, ash, iron wood, and quakeraspen
on the most prevalent. Grapes; wild plums, and crab
apples, grow in abundance. On the river bottoms,
there are found the soft maple and elm, and on the
bluffs the cedar and white pine. The woods abound
in game; the streams in fine fish. Potosi is a town at
the mouth of Grant river, in this county. It is situa-
ted in a romantic and picturesque valley. with a stream
of pure water running through it. This valley is
three miles-long, and varies in breadth from one hun-
dred to three hundred yards. It is known as Van
Buren valley, and is not unfrequently called Snake
Hollow, from some curious circumstances in its histo-
ry. Lafayette is situated at the mouth of the valley,

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