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Mitchel, Martin; Osborn, Joseph H. / Geographical and statistical history of the county of Winnebago ... to which is prefixed a general view of the state of Wisconsin, together with a census table from its first settlement to the present time.
(1856)

Wisconsin,   pp. [7]-51 PDF (10.4 MB)


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fully cultivated in Wisconsin. The natural pasturage of the
prairies, marshes, openings and woodlands constitute it a
perfect grazing country; and enables the new settler to keep
as much stock as his business or necessities require, without
cost (except the curing) of bay for winter, which the marshes
supply ill abundance. Much good stock may now he found,
where the country has been settled for six or eight years;
and wool-growing is becoming a prominent business with
many farmers. In the southern part of the State corn is
produced with very little cost. But wheat is the great staple
grain of Wisconsin; of which it exported in 1855 more than
four millions of bushels, of a quality surpassing that
of other Western States; that of the northern being esteemed
better than that of the southern part of the State. No
part of the Great West offers a more inviting field of enter-
prize than Wisconsin. No other State possesses so many natural
advantages without greater drawbacks; and no other
State can boast of equal prosperity and success for the last
five years; and yet, but a mere fraction of her agricultural
resources have been developed. Her almost boundless forests
of pine are only beginning to be brought into market; her
inexhaustible mines of lead, copper and iron are beyond the
power of computation; and the fisheries of Lake Superior and
Michigan have but just commenced to be known as a source
of wealth.
To avoid the danger of a simple statement of facts being
received by strangers as the romance of imagination, we shall
occasionally present tables of various articles of Wisconsin
growth and manufacture from the Lake ports, which amounted
in 1855 to more than eighteen millions of dollars-a sum,
which considering the infancy of the State, and that as a
general rule, the settlers in Wisconsin were men who were
not able to purchase land in the older States, speaks well
for its resources and the energy of its people.
Great inconvenience is experienced in most of the Western
States for the want of lumber. Wisconsin has an abundant
supply. North of the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers the land is
more broken and hilly; much of which is covered with a 
luxurious growth of pine; the quantity manufactured from the
various regions or lumbering points in 1854, was estimated as
follows:
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