Standard atlas of La Crosse County, Wisconsin: including a plat book of villages, cities and townships of the county, map of the state, United States and world: patrons directory directory, reference business directory and departments devoted to general information analysis of the system or U.S. land surveys, digets of the system of civil government, etc. etc.
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PREFACE. N presenting the ILLUSTRATED HISTORICAL ATLAS OF WISCONSIN to the public, it is not inappropriate to state that its preparation was commenced nearly three years ago, with the confident belief that such a work would be of value and usefulness, and be liberally patronized by the people of the State. The labor and expense of preparing and publish- ing a work of this kind, and the difficulties attending the same, can be comprehended only by those having experience in similar undertakings. The course pursued, however, has been to overcome all obstacles which would prevent fulfillment of the original plan, and even to add new features at increased effort and cost, rather than to save time and money by diminishing the value of any part of the work. The constant aim has been to make it a repository of useful and valuable information concerning the great State of Wisconsin, that would merit the respect and confidence of the public. It is now sub- mitted to its patrons with the hope that the unremitting care so long given to its preparation may not prove to have been bestowed in vain. The plan of the work comprises more features than is practicable to enumerate in detail; but they are mainly included under the following heads: I. A series of maps of the state, and of the counties separately; also, plats of more than a hundred cities and villages, forming a complete Atlas of the state. Although a Wisconsin work, there have been also introduced a few general maps. II. Lithographic views of public buildings, institutions of learning, and other views of an appropriate character. III. A portrait gallery, representing all the Governors of Wisconsin, both state and territorial, a limited number of prominent pioneers, representative men, and others identified with the interests of the state. IV. A general history of Wisconsin, from the earliest times to the present date, in a concise form, suitable for the use and requirements of the general reader, having been prepared with the care and accuracy which characterizes the author's previous historical writings. V. Carefully -prepared articles on Special subjects, presenting the Topography, Geology, Climatology, Educational history, Agriculture, Railroads, Lumbering, and other leading interests and resources of the state. Also, a statement of its Health Conditions, and a record of the acquirement and disposal of the public lands. VI. A local history and description of the state, by counties. VII. Biographical sketches of the Governors, and other prominent men, and leading citizens. VIII. A complete Postal and Railway Guide- of the state, and table of reference. IX. Statistical tables, embracing the census returns of 1875, Educational, Agricul- tural, and other statistics. X. Patrons' Directory; also, Business Directory. The general plan and arrangement of the work, and the adaptation of the various parts thereto, has been the special task of the publishers. The preparation of each part in accordance with the plan and method adopted, has been the work of many. No one has been intrusted with any part of it, however, except those believed to be especially qualified for the parts assigned them. The names which appear over the State History and the articles on special subjects are a sufficient guaranty of the able and thorough manner in *hich those subjects have been treated. They will be recognized as men possessing not only eminent fitness for the work committed to them, but, also, peculiar advantages for knowing whereof they write. Nor has less care been exercised in the employment of competent assistance in other departments of the work. The maps of counties are based on the national surveys; those of cities and villages, on official records. In order to present correctly the various features given in the separate county maps, additions and corrections were made by the aid of engineers' plans and maps of the different railroad companies; by county and town records, and by personal investigation of competent surveyors and draughtsmen, sent to nearly every county for this purpose. In many cases the assistance of local surveyors was also obtained. While avoiding minor details which would tend to obscure or confuse, care has been taken to present everything of material value in a work intended partly for local and partly for general utility. In the preparation of the local history, the several counties have also been visited, their records examined, and such sketches of early events as have been published in the newspapers, or otherwise compiled, have been carefully examined; old settlers have been visited, and every available means of information used. From these elaborate field -notes the local histories were prepared, an I afterward thoroughly revised at the rooms of the State Historical Society, at Madison, from the materials there collected; this revision, correction, and emendation being the work of several persons during the entire summer of 1877. In some of the counties, local men, specially qualified, assisted in collecting and preparing the history of their own county, and in a 4ery few instances such men have principally prepared the county sketch. The Historical Atlas is therefore not a hasty compilation, culled from previous publications, but essentially an original worR, obtained from official data, the preparation of which involved immense labor and large expense. If it shall secure the approbation of the public in some degree commensurate with the effort of its production, and increase a knowledge of the state, both at home and abroad, it will be gratifying to the publishers, and be some recompense, even though there should be no appropriate pecuniary remuneration derived from the enterprise. We take this opportunity to extend thanks to our Subscribers for their patronage, and general interest manifested in the success of the work. We also desire to express our obligations to the Local Press, for the use of their files, and for the kindly notices; to the County Offiicials in the different counties, for access to the Records; to numerous Old Settlers, Local Surveyors and others, who have rendered assistance to our men in the field; to the officers of the various railroads, for the use of their plats in locating the different lines throughout the state. We would especially mention Governor Ludington; Hon. Peter Doyle, Secretary of State; Hon. Edward Searing, State Superintendent; A. W. Potter, Esq, Chief Clerk in the Land Office, and their assistants, for the willing and courteous aid rendered in obtaining information from their respective offices. Our special acknowledgments are also due to Dr. Lyman C. Draper, Secretary, and Daniel S. Durrie, Librarian, of the State Historical Society, for the liberal help afforded our histo- rians in securing the records and official data accessible in the society's rooms at Madison. We also express our grateful acknowledgments to the Authors of the articles on special subjects, for their courteous and active cobperation in our endeavors to make this a representative work of Wisconsin. Doubtless, imperfections will appear which have escaped the scrutiny of those most interested in avoiding the same; others may be ouui ttributab4%al the imperfect records and means of information met with in some localities, or other diiuile s,, d" which there were many in the way. Some variance from the commonly-received state- ments may also be found in the State History and that of some of the older counties. It should therefore be stated, in justice both to the authors and publishers, that the best authority has been faithfully followed after long investigation. These changes have been introduced only after a thorough examination of the early records available in the Historical Rooms, at Madison. Whatever may be the imperfections of the present work, it is hoped it may also be found to possess some merits which will stand the test of just and intelligent criticism. THE PUBLISHERS.
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