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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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1837, and a manufacturing company in 1839. The
citizens. like all manufacturing towns, are intelligent..
Society here is far advanced in moral refinement. The
country around consists of prairie lands of the best
quality of soil.
  Rockport is the oldest village in the county. It is
situated on the west side of Rock river, at Holmes'
rapids, one mile below Janesville.
   The scenery in this county, in the summer season,
as before stated, is delightful. The atmosphere is
.arid, pure, and salubrious. There are no stagnant
pools or marshes to impregnate the air with miasma;
consequently cases of sickness are very rare. A large
amount of the prairies remain unoccupied, and about
one fourth of the timbered land or oak openings. Deer
wild duck, and geese, are numerous.
   Racine county is bounded on the east by lake Mi -
 igan, on the west by Walworth county, on the no h
 by Milwaukie county, and on the south by Illinois. It
 is twenty-four miles wide from north to south, With
 an average length of twenty-five and two third ipiles,
 containing an area of six hundred and sixteen rhiles.
 or three hundred and ninety-four thousand two hun-
 dred and forty square acres. It was set off from Mil-
 waukie in 1838, and organized into a separate county.
 Its population in 1838, was two thousand and fifty-four,
 in 1840, three thousand four hundred and seventy-five.
 and in 1842, six thousand three hundred and eighteen.
 The principal townships are Racine, Caledonia, Mount
 Pleasant, Yorkville, Rochester, Burlington, Wheat-
   land, Salem, Bristol, Paris, Pleasant Prairie, and South-

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