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.
Winnebago county, pp. 52-7 ff. PDF (16.9 MB)
ful map of Winnebago county as it was twenty years ago. Then wave the magic wand of civilization, art, industry, science and commerce; cover the broad fields with a growing or golden harvest; run pleasant roads, lined with farm buildings and elegant school horses in every direction; let villages and church spires spring up in almost every town along the shore. At the influx of the river a busy and populous young city filled with the merchandise of the world;, mills and machinery driven by steam along the line of its still waters, and the strong currents driving numerous water-wheels;, steam boats and smaller crafts in all directions daily traversing the lake and rivers, which serve also as the great thoroughfare for pine forests to pass and furnish supplies for an immense destitute region, And we have a daguerreotype of Winnebago county as it is in 1856. But the transformation from the past to its present condition, has not been accomplished by a magician or a fairy while men slumbered and slept; neither is it the result of the cash investment of a millionaire at his ease in an eastern palace; but it is entirely the product of veritable human muscle and nerve, in determined and ceaseless conflict with necessity, privation, and want, where persevering industry, single-handed and alone, has sheltered the houseless, fed the hungry, clothed the naked, cut roads, built bridges and steamboats, conquered poverty on every field, and given to hard labor its just and legitimate claim to wealth and aristocracy of position. The County of Winnebago lies on the west side of lake Winnebago, which separates it on the east from the county of Calumet; on the north lies the county of Outagamie and the eastern part of Waupacca [Waupaca]; on the west is Waushara and part of Marquette; on the south is the county of Fond du Lac. The 44th degree of north latitude passes through the county of Winnebago. The surface of this county is gently rolling and beautifully diversified with woodland, openings, prairie and native hayfields. The openings predominate; the timberland lies principally along the border of the lake, and on the north side of the county; the prairie land is mostly near the middle and on the south side; small strips of hay marsh are found in nearly all parts of the county but mostly along the rivers; openings constitute the balance of the county. The Wolf river enters this county near the northwest corner in the town 53 WINNEBAGO COUNTY.
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