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Ross, James, 1830-1884 / Wisconsin and her resources for remunerating capital and supporting labor
(1871)

Wisconsin and her resources,   pp. [5]-16 PDF (2.7 MB)


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beds from the highlands of the interior, towards the ocean. The
elevation of this interior is such that the rivers have usually a
rapid descent, thus affording, under favorable circumstances, an
immense amount of water power, but very little of which has
yet been made available for the propulsion of machinery for man-
ufacturing or other purposes. The rivers running from the
north into the Wisconsin and Mississippi also afford ample navi-
gation for the logs and rafts of lumber that are seasonably float-
ed to the marts of commerce requiring them, where they are al-
ways in demand, and frequently at such prices as to profitably
remunerate the log and mill owners to a remarkable extent.
These tributary streams to the Mississippi and Wisconsin
rivers, flow through a section of country thickly covered with
pine and other valuable timber, which notwithstanding the im-
mense quantity already used in Wisconsin and floated from it,
yet remains comparatively untouched, presenting such an oppor-
tunity for the reliable and profitable investment of capital as
cannot easily be equalled in the known world. To make this in
some degree apparent, I will first give the rivers, with pertinent
particulars, as follows:
                             Area
          NA3M  ~  Length  drained  Rain, Descent,    Outlet.
                     miles.  square inches.  feet.
                            miles.
Wisconsin.....         3. 37011,000  30     950  Mississippi
Chippewa............   220  9,000    28     900  Mississippi
Fox...............    225   6,700    32     400  Green Bay.
Rock. :............   126   5,500    34     260  Mississippi
Menomonee ..........   150  4,000    29 ........ Green Bay.
Wolf ...............   166  3,900    32 ........ Fox.
St. Croix............  170  3,600    25     326  Mississippi.
Red Cedar ...........   96  2,000    28 ........ Chippewa.
Black ...............  145  2,200    80 ........ Mississippi
La Crosse...........   45     500    80     550  Mississippi
Lemonweir......               6..66    90    32     600  Wisconsim
Manitowoc.........     45     400    31     226  Lake Michgn
Milwaukee...........   75     750    31     450  Lake Micig
Sheboygan..........    60     880    81     450  LakeiIGan.
Montreal............   34     420    28     804  Lake Sperior.
Kickapoo............   76     175    31     700  Wieonin.
Mississippi..........  212.   .....   ...    86  Gulf Of Nexiox


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