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Gratiot Homestead

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: View of the Gratiot homestead at Gratiot's Grove Site.

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...

Learn about the lead mining boom in southwestern Wisconsin in the early 19th century and the miners who gave Wisconsin its "badger" nickname.

Date: 1853 

Description: Engraved view of miners and hillside mines in the Lead Region.

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Gratiot Homestead

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Exterior view of the Gratiot homestead at Gratiot's Grove Site.

Date: 1850 ca.

Description: Lithograph of a map drawn to indicate a mine on land owned by Mineral Point Mining Co. in the lead region of southwestern Wisconsin.

Date: 1829 

Description: Map of lead mines operating in Wisconsin.

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Surface Digging

Date:  date unknown

Description: Lead mining by digging at the ground surface.

Date: 1850 ca.

Description: Blast furnace, also known as a Scotch hearth used in lead mining.

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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 mine interior

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: View inside a lead mine showing six miners with a car on a track.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Early Wisconsin lead miners using a Pioneer Windlass.

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Blockhouse Mine

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: Blockhouse lead mine with cows grazing.

From Sacred Calumets to Ashtrays

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

Map or Atlas

Map of Lead Region

Date: 1839 

Description: Map of the Wisconsin-Illinois lead region.

Date: 1950 ca.

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

Date: 1844 

Description: Cross section drawing of a Wisconsin lead mine.

Date: 1920 

Description: A ink on tracing paper, hand-drawn map that shows lead mines, the boundary of the lead bearing strata, and the military road in Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, and...

A Short History of Wisconsin

Read about immigration and economic growth in 19th-century Wisconsin.

A Short History of Wisconsin

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