Ross, James, 1830-1884 / Wisconsin and her resources for remunerating capital and supporting labor
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16 by the whistle of the locomotive as it comes as the welcome pioneer of enterprise, industry and development. There are now extensive rolling mills at Milwaukee; where large quantities of iron ore worked in the State are used in pro- ducing the railroad iron for which there is a constant and in- creasing demand. The following figures from the U. S. Census taken during the year ending June 1, 1870, also give encouraging evidence of the substantial resources and prosperity of Wisconsin. The total population is 1,055,559, being a total net gain since 1860, of 279,678. There are 5,795,538 acres of improved lands, and the estimated value of all farm productions, including better- ments and additions to stock, is $77,507,261. According to the census of 1860, there were 3,064 manufacturing establish- ments, employing 15,414 persons, and producing manufactures to the value of E7,849,467. There are now 7,136 establishments manufacturing more than 8500 value annually; employing 30,055 persons and producing manufactures to the value of $85,624,966. The public debt is $3,738,965; the total tax lev-d ei each coun- ty 84,753,815; the number-of libraries 2,857, and the number of volumes they circulate 880,508. There are 1, 396 church edi- fices valued at $4,749.883, and 173 newspapers with a total circu- lation of- 281,685. During the year ending October 1, 1870, the State sold 175,- 410 acres of school and other lands. If the returns of sales at the United States land offices in the State and by the railroad I and grant and other corporations could be given, the figures would show a great and constant demand for the unimproved lands in the State. Tho official reports of the Wisconsin State Board of Tmmigra- tion, also show that the number of immigrants arriving to settle in Wisconsin, has for years pmt been larger than the number locating in Iowa or Minnesota. From the foregoing unvarnished statement, a correct idea can be got of the facilities for the safe and profitable investment of capital in the described portions of Wisconsin; where a healthy and invigorating climate favors labor and unrivalled timber, ag- ricultural and mineral wealth attracts and remunerates the opera- tions of capitalists.
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