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
Chapter XIV, pp. 235-254 PDF (3.3 MB)
243 HISTORY OF WISKONSAM. eleven and one-eighth miles, requiring locks and dams, from thence to Holmes' rapids, at Rockport, a few bars only require to be removed, and the same remark applies to the river below those rapids to the state line. The principal branches of Peck river, arc Doty's river, Ossin, Rubicon, Oconomecoc, Crawfish or West Branch, 'Bark river, and Catfish, or river of the four lakes. The latter river has its source in the first of the four lakes, in Dane county, and runs in a southeast east direction, entering Rock river eleven and a half miles below the foot of lake Kosh Konong. It is gen- erally wide and deep, and may easily be made navigable for the smaller class of steam boats. Captain Cram reports two falls or rapids on it, one of which is de- nominated "Dunkirk falls," having a descent of six feet in a distance of six thousand six hundred and sixty feet; the other below it has a fall of seven and one third feet, in a distance of five thousand three hundded feet. There are twentv-threc other slight rapids below Dunkirk falls. The lands in the western part of this county were sold at Green Bay, during the wild rage of land spec- ulation in 1835; the greater part of which fell into the hands of speculators, who still hold to them, in the expectation of realizing a heavy per centage: hence this part of the country is but thinly settled, notwith- standing its unrivalled agricultural inducements. East of Rock river the case is different: there the public lands were occupied before they were brought into market, and consequently fell into the possession of actual settlers. This part of the county is almost one continued prairie, with only occasional oak openings.
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