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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants
(1846)

Chapter XII,   pp. 214-231 PDF (3.0 MB)


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HS1TORY OF WISEONSA1t.
   There was mined in
     New Hampshire,      -    -       1.000 lbs.
     New York,           -    -    670.000
     Virginia,      -    -    -    878.648 "
     North Carolina,     -    -     10.000
     Illinois,      -    -    -  8.775.000
     Missouri,      -    -    -  5.295.455
     Wiskonsan,     -    -    - 15.129.350
     Iowa,     -    -    -    -    500.000
              Total number lbs. 31.239.453
   During the last 25 years the lead trade has been
progressing with a momentum truly remarkable. Thir-
ty years ago, all the lead used in this country was
brought from abroad. Now the United States are sup-
plied from the mines of Wiskonsan and Illinois. In
1820, the amount mined did not exceed a few hundred
pounds. The amount mined had increased
  In 1340, it was -  -    -    23.904.350 lbs.
     1841, "      -    -    -    32.488.280
     1842, "      - * -     -    32.388.130
     1844, "      -    -    -    43.000.000 "
  In 1845 it is said the amount will reach 60.000,000,
or 30.000 tons of lead, valued at the mines at 3 cents
per lb-making an aggregate of *1.800.000.
  The increase of the lead production of our country
is very extraordinary, and yet is still in its infancy.
During the last year, the increase has been enormous.
This is undoubtedly owing to the fair price (4 cts. per
lb.) which it now commands-which price has been
sustained by a foreign export to England and China,
and by the establishment of white lead factories in this
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