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Brunson, Alfred, 1793-1882 / Northern Wiskonsan

Communication from Mr. Brunson,   pp. [3]-16 PDF (2.3 MB)

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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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