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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DANE.-This county is in the southern part of the State, about half way between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. One of the best agricultural counties in the State. Rolling prairie and openings. Madison is the county seat and the Capitol of the State; possesses much wealth and beauty. In 1850 the population of this county was 16,689. In 1855 37,714, and still increasing with great rapidity. DOOR-Is a narrow strip lying between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, with very few inhabitants. Much of the land is said to be good; government land, by the graduating act is here but fifty cents per acre, and is now rapidly being taken by actual settlers. Here is some good pine. Some of the Islands are in this county. The principal settlement is Wash- ington Harbor on Washington Island, opposite Green Bay. DODGE-Is one of the first class for agriculture. Its surface is moderately rolling, diversified with prairies, open- ings and some heavy wood lands; with a good supply of water-power. Iron Ridge is a vast accumulation of rich iron ore, which is just beginning to be extensively manufactured; farms are valuable. Juneau is the county seat. Beaver Dam, Horicon and Fox Lake are fine villages, rapidly improving. Two Wards of the city of Watertown are in Dodge county, the other three are in Jefferson. Population of the county 34,054. Well supplied with Railroads. DOUGLAS.-This county lies on the shore of Lake Superior; was set off from La Pointe in 1854. Only a small share has been surveyed and brought into market. This is on the north line of the State, yet the winters are represented very mild. The first settlement was made at Superior, in 1853, and in 1855 there was a population of 700. This will undoubtedly become a place of great importance in a very short time; those who are willing to isolate themselves from the old world for a few years for the sake of making a fortune, here find a promising and romantic field. The land abounds with miner- al wealth and the waters with fish. It is the head of the long line of lake navigation; and will ere long be in connection with the Atlantic cities by continuous Railroads. Lands can now be entered at government price. Forest game is abundant. B WISCONSIN. 17
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