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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin

History of Green County,   pp. [9]-64 PDF (513.9 KB)

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History of Green County. 
clay. Good crops of all kinds are raised in every town, 
and even in the hilliest towns the undulations are so 
gradual that there is very little land which can not be 
cultivated. Hence, the good drainage and all the other 
desirable results of a rolling country are enjoyed here 
without the disadvantages of a too broken surface. 
The Pecatonica and Sugar rivers and their larger 
tributaries afford excellent water power for manufac- 
tures, while the innumerable streams that start from the 
springs On the hillsides complete the natural fitness of 
the county for becoming one of the leading live stock 
counties in the United States. 
Good timber is abundant. It is especially heavy in 
the north and west, and every town has its groves of 
ash, elm, maple, hickory, walnut, basswood, poplar, and 
various kinds of oak. The healthfulness of the county, 
which is unsurpassed, is probably due, in great measure, 
to the elevation of the land. The elevation of the fol- 
lowing places was determined by the surveys of the 
Southern Wisconsin Railroad Company: 
Lake Mich. Sea Ievel. 
Brodhead,        -    -        -    221    804 
Juda,            -          -     -  353   936 
High land south of Monroe,  -       500  1,o83 
Pecatonica River Crossing, Town i, Range 6, 196  779 
Juda is shown by these surveys to be 348 feet higher 
than Milwaukee, 113 feet higher than Janesville, 79 feet 
higher than Madison, and 312 feet higher than Prairie 
du Chien. 
The territory included in the State of Wisconsin was 
first claimed by the French, by whom it was ceded to 
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