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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Map or Atlas

Platteville, Wis.

Date: 1896 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Platteville with twenty-two locations identified below image. Town square to left of center, behind Main Street. Area bordered by Lancast...

Date: 1951-09-15 

Description: Senator Joseph R. McCarthy greets admirers at a Dairy Day event in Platteville.

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Straw Lead Furnace

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: A straw lead furnace, an open hearth furnace where lead sulphite (Galena) was roasted. Located on the Rountree brach of the Little Platte River, Richard St...

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: Ferrotype of a studio portrait of Blacksmith Wanamaker and an unidentified man standing on either side of an anvil. The man on the left is holding a horses...

Date: 1872 ca.

Description: Galena (lead sulfide) was melted at this open hearth furnace owned by Richard Straw and Company on the Roundtree Branch of the Little Platte River. The men...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A view of the State Teachers College.

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Tyler House

Date: 1926 ca.

Description: A reproduction of an early print of a long, two story wooden building with a front porch identified as the Tyler House. A man drives a horse-drawn wagon in...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Miner inside a zinc mine.

Date: 1945 ca.

Description: A view of the Mitchell-Rountree house (the first).

Date:  

Description: Copy of an artist's rendering of an exterior view of the Platteville Public Library. The library was funded with a $12,500 donation from Andrew Carnegie. B...

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Miners at Diner

Date:  

Description: Zinc miners at tables in the dining hall near.

Photograph

Main Street

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: A view looking down Main Street.

Map or Atlas

Platteville, Wisconsin

Date: 1969 

Description: This street map was given out by Mound City Bank and features a legend of points of interest and a street index. Streets are labeled as is the Roundtree Br...

Photograph

Two Water Towers

Date: 1957 ca.

Description: Two water towers.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A view of the State Teacher's College. The State Teacher's College and the Mining College in Platteville merged in the late 19th Century to become what is...

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: A view of the Mitchell-Rountree house, built in 1837.

Date: 1875 ca.

Description: Bird's-eye map of Platteville.

Date: 1945 ca.

Description: A view of the Mitchell-Rountree house (the first).

Date: 1949-06 

Description: Gophering, or prospecting for lead using a Windlass at Maplewood Farm.

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