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Sinsinawa City

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DESCRIPTION

Plat for a proposed Sinsinawa City (never built), in Grant County, Wis. When it became clear in the mid-1830s that Wisconsin Territory would be established, developers vied with one another for sites to be chosen the territorial capital. George Wallace Jones (1804-1896) had settled near Sinsinawa Mound in 1827 to engage in lead mining. He served as a delegate to Congress from Michigan Territory in 1835-1836 and was instrumental in passing the legislation that established Wisconsin Territory. Beneath the small vignette of a State Capitol at the upper left of this map is the signature, "B. Chambers, W. City." Benjamin Chambers (1791-1871) was an engraver in Washington, D.C., during the first half of the 19th century who performed much work for the U.S. government. This map is presumably Jones's contribution to the debate about where a capital for Wisconsin Territory should be located. At the time, the territory would have included modern Iowa and Minnesota, making Sinsinawa a central location. This is one of many plats for paper cities that were never built.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 93398

Creation Date: 1835 ca.

Creator Name: Unknown

City: 

County: Grant

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Map Collection

Genre: Map or Atlas

Original Format Type: prints, fine-art

Original Format Number: Unknown

Original Dimensions: 20 in x 23.5 inches

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The original map is owned by the Sinsinawa Dominican Archives, who loaned it for copying.

SUBJECTS

Architecture

Capitol buildings

Capitols

Cities and towns

Human settlements

Land

Mississippi River

Plazas

Rivers

Springs

Streets

Transportation

Water

Wisconsin River (Wis.)

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