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Mitchel, Martin; Osborn, Joseph H. / Geographical and statistical history of the county of Winnebago ... to which is prefixed a general view of the state of Wisconsin, together with a census table from its first settlement to the present time.

Winnebago county,   pp. 52-7 ff. PDF (16.9 MB)

Page 52

Readers whose minds have been somewhat educated in
natural scenery, and possess an imagination tolerably active,
may figure to themselves a district of country from twenty
to twenty-four miles square, without a mountain, hill or 
distinguished eminence, generally level, but perpetually 
undulating like gentle swells upon the ocean; its surface presenting
a luxurious growth of grass, shrubbery and herbage, variegated
and ornamented with countless wild flowers of every
form and every hue, intermingled with blossoming and fruit
bearing shrubs and trees; with here a beautiful, but unbroken
prairie; there a long glade of native hay-field, then a broad
expanse of scattered oaks, like a time, honored orchard giving
ample space for cultivation, and along the banks of flowing
streams and pure lakes a dense border of forest trees, of hickory,
oak, sugar-maple and bass; the waters inhabited by myriads 
of large and fine flavored fish; then spread along the
whole eastern boundary a clear and beautiful sheet of water,
from six to ten miles wide, which at the northeast corner of
the tract, with strong current, forces itself through two channels 
to unite in a broad basin below, thus forming an island
of about seven or eight hundred acres, and furnishing the
most admirable water-power along the various shores, sufficient
to drive the machinery of a kingdom; then along the
northern boundary of the tract set a thick growth of heavy
forest trees as far as the eye can reach; draw from the north-
west to the south-east corner, a noble river meandering 
diagonally across the tract; near the center bring in another flowing
stream-from the south-east, with graceful curvings gliding
on to mingle its waters with the former, and unitedly supply
the lake upon the eastern shore; people the landscape with
the children of the forest in their native wildness; mark their
wigwam villages; their cornfields, their bark canoes, their
council-fires, and their war-dances, and there will be a truthful

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