Brunson, Alfred, 1793-1882 / Northern Wiskonsan
Communication from Mr. Brunson, pp. -16 PDF (2.3 MB)
15 of the most enterprising and persevering have gone to the lumber region on the St. Croix and Chippewa, in hopes to avoid starv. ing; but the majority have to submit to their fate and subsist upon fish, the only use the numerous finny tribes of this Lake, are, at this time, to the inhabitants of its shores. It is to be hoped that the introduction of miners and farmers to the coun. try, will turn the attention of these inhabitants to those branches of business, of which, hitherto, they seem not to have had a com. petent idea. Some fine specimens of virgin copper and silver have been found within this Territory, but no beds of ore, except copper on the Montreal river, the present line between the Territory and Michigan. Several important discoveries have been made east of that river; and also on Isle Royal, which unfortunately proves not to have been included in the treaty last fall, as was supposed. But no doubt exists but that within this Territory both coppers and silver will be found in great quantities. On the north west coast of the Lake, copper is said to be more abundant than on any other part of it. And on the St. Louis river, about the falls, virgin copper and copper ore are easily obtained. And above the falls for twenty miles inexhaustible quarries of the finest of Slate lie naked and invite the enterprise of man to supply the nation, or the world, from its abundance. The country immediately on the margin of the Lake, is, for a short distance, flat and wet. But in receding from the Lake it soon rises, gradually, the timber is more open and of better quality, the soil improves in character, and is more inviting to agriculturists. A little west of La Pointe, and ten or twelve miles south of the Lake shore, the prairie country commences, which extends to and beyond the St. Croix and Mississippi, and offers great inducements to agriculturists, who like such a high north latitude. The winters, however, are much milder here, than in the same latitude east of us.
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