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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.

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numerous lakes and streams before arriving at Portage, where it
is connected by a canal with the Wisconsin (the head of the
Fox river Improvement) runs northeasterly and receives the
Wolf river at Winneconne, thence through Lake Winnebago
to Green Bay, forming, for several miles below the lake the
best water-power in all the western States; if not the best in
the world. The Wolf river rises in the great northwestern
wilderness of the State passes through the immense pineries,
furnishing a highway for their transit to Winneconne, where
it surrenders itself to the Fox.
There are several small rivers which rise in the interior
of the northern part of the State and pass into Green Bay,
among which are the Oconto, Peshlege [Peshtigo] and Menomonee. The
Wolf river has also many tributary streams, among which are
the Embarrass, Little Wolf, Rat and Waupacca [Waupaca] rivers. The
streams which run north and west into Lake Superior are
generally short and unimportant to the interests of this work.
During the season of navigation, steamboats daily traverse
many thousands of miles upon the waters of Wisconsin, and
yet the increase of population and commerce demand continual 
increase of the various crafts which ply upon the waters
of every part of the State.
The State is now much better supplied with railroad 
communications, according to the age of its settlement than any
other State in the Union, and active and efficient means are
now being employed to supply the deficiences in every section
where they exist. If the same measure of prosperity
which has marked the progress of Wisconsin enterprise for
the last five years, should attend her energies for five years
to come, the problem of her destiny would be solved in the
certainty that her people possess the key to unlock those 
immense treasures of national wealth which constitute her the
richest and most prosperous State upon the American continent.
[For much of the data in the preceding sketch, we acknowledge
our indebtedness to an invaluable little work of S. Chapman,
entitled the Wisconsin Hand Book. The Hand Book
should be sowed broadcast over the eastern States, so that
any person wishing information of Wisconsin could learn
much of the real condition of any locality in an hour's time.
This book is worth more than the generality of books which
sell for six times its cost.]

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