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From Sacred Calumets to Ashtrays

Discover the important role that tobacco and the Peace Pipe have played throughout Wisconsin's history.

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Down in the Mine

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Miners in the bowels of a lead mine.

Date: 1867 

Description: This 1867 manuscript map by Increase Lapham shows the topography and geology of the Blue Mounds region in the Town of Brigham in Iowa County and the towns...

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Cokerville Mine

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: View down road leading up to the Cokerville Mine. Two horses pulling a wagon are near the road, and automobiles are parked on the right near a building wit...

Date: 1909-11 

Description: Postcard of outdoor photograph of funeral and tent/morgue from the Cherry Mine disaster. Writing reads: "#37 Cherry Mine Horror Showing Morgue Dunham Photo...

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Early Lead Mine

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior of a badger-type early Wisconsin lead mine.

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Lead and Zinc Mines

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: View from road of lead and zinc mines and surrounding buildings.

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Mine

Date: 1924 

Description: Exterior of mining factory.

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Surface Digging

Date:  date unknown

Description: Lead mining by digging at the ground surface.

Date: 1844 

Description: Cross section drawing of a Wisconsin lead mine.

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Pit at Lead Mine

Date:  date unknown

Description: Pit at Hazel Green lead mine.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Learn about the key people and events during Wisconsin's Territorial Era (1787-1848).

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Students from Platteville, Wisconsin tour a mine to see how lead is extracted.

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Water Pumps in Mine

Date: 1939 

Description: International PA-100 power unit operating a Pomona water pump in a lead and zinc mine. A box labeled "dynamite" is in the foreground.

Date:  

Description: Photoprint of Crawford County lead district map.

Date: 1909-11 

Description: Postcard of a photograph of a family. Writing reads: "W.H. Clelland and Family. One of the Cherry Mine survivers [sic]. It is this man who was said...

The Birth of the Badgers

Discover the history of lead mining in Wisconsin, and the origin of Badgers.

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: 1829 

Description: Cincinnati, Ohio, Ebr. Martin, engraver.

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Blockhouse Mine

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: Blockhouse lead mine with cows grazing.

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