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.
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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: WISCONSIN
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