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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 XIV,   pp. 235-254 PDF (3.3 MB)

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eleven and one-eighth miles, requiring locks and dams,
from thence to Holmes' rapids, at Rockport, a few
bars only require to be removed, and the same remark
applies to the river below those rapids to the state line.
The principal branches of Peck river, arc Doty's river,
Ossin, Rubicon, Oconomecoc, Crawfish or West
Branch, 'Bark river, and Catfish, or river of the four
lakes. The latter river has its source in the first of
the four lakes, in Dane county, and runs in a southeast
east direction, entering Rock river eleven and a half
miles below the foot of lake Kosh Konong. It is gen-
erally wide and deep, and may easily be made navigable
for the smaller class of steam boats. Captain Cram
reports two falls or rapids on it, one of which is de-
nominated "Dunkirk falls," having a descent of six
feet in a distance of six thousand six hundred and sixty
feet; the other below it has a fall of seven and one
third feet, in a distance of five thousand three hundded
feet.  There are twentv-threc other slight rapids
below Dunkirk falls.
   The lands in the western part of this county were
 sold at Green Bay, during the wild rage of land spec-
 ulation in 1835; the greater part of which fell into the
 hands of speculators, who still hold to them, in the
 expectation of realizing a heavy per centage: hence
 this part of the country is but thinly settled, notwith-
 standing its unrivalled agricultural inducements. East
 of Rock river the case is different: there the public
 lands were occupied before they were brought into
 market, and consequently fell into the possession of
 actual settlers. This part of the county is almost one
 continued prairie, with only occasional oak openings.

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