Lead-Mining Towns of Southwest Wisconsin (Hardcover)

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East of the Mississippi River, and just north of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, the soil was once fertile with huge deposits of lead and zinc. White men discovered these riches in the early 1800s, well before Wisconsin became a state in 1848. Miners, farmers, and merchants flocked to the region, some bringing along their families. Towns with names like Snake Digs, Cottonwood, and Etna grew very rapidly. Roads, bridges, and railroad tunnels soon connected these towns where schools, churches, and businesses developed. Today tourists are invited to visit museums, mines, and shops in the region to explore its colorful past.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781531632441
ISBN-10: 1531632440
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Library Editions
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2008
Pages: 130
Language: English