Brunson, Alfred, 1793-1882 / Northern Wiskonsan
Communication from Mr. Brunson, pp. -16 PDF (2.3 MB)
I I 16 East of south from La Pointe, and extending into Michigan the country is thickly timbered, more broken, and offers less fa. eilitics for farning purposes: but at present holds out the great. est inducemcnts for copper mining. In reference to the road we opened, I may say, that in thirty years extensive travels in the west, I have never seen so good ground for a road, in a stato of nature, and so few streams to eross, for the same distance as that between this place and La Pointe. The latter place is not five miles either way from due north from the former, and in a direct line only 260 miles. A road can be made, probably in three hundred, and if necessary a branch of it can diverge either way from the dividing ridge, to Montreal river, or Fond du Lac. A wagon with one yoke of cattle, travelled through the whole distance in 20 days after we had opened the road. I am satisfied that it is the best route for a road from the lead mines to the Lake, and that if Congress would appropriate $10,. 000 for that purpose, the road could be made fit for post coaches, which could run it in five or six days. I respectfully submit it to the Legislature, to petition Congress for such an appropria. tion. Respectfully your obt. servt. ALFRED BRUNSON.
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