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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Description: View of the Fox River, taken from a bridge while looking north. Allen Lumber Company, founded in 1888, stands on the right bank. A sign on the building s...

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Fox River Scene

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Description: A rowboat floats along the shore of the Fox River near a small tree. Beyond this, a wooden building stands on the shore and other buildings are visible...

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Description: Exterior of Sherwood Forest Hotel, opened around 1873 by John C. Sherwood. The view includes trees in the foreground and plants surrounding the two-story...

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Description: Letterhead of Parker's Block and Lyons Block in Markesan, Wisconsin, with a three-quarter view of a commercial building with three storefronts: John Parker...

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The Old Mill

Date: 1925 

Description: Three-story stone mill built in 1847 by J.C. Sherwood. Many panes of glass in the twelve over twelve windows are broken and the roof over the loading dock...

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Capron Street

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Description: View down Capron Street, a dirt road in a residential area. On the left, stairs lead to the porches of houses and a clock tower stands in the distance.

Date: 2009 ca.

Description: Close-up of Thrasher Opera House floor showing repair of holes made for sewing machine conduits.

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Description: Trees and flowers surround the rectangular tower at Lawsonia Country Club. The country club opened to the public in 1930.

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City Park

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Description: Elevated view of a city park. Land is fenced off at the edge of a river where stone arches stand.

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Description: Exterior of Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company, founded in 1899 by E. B. Stuart. Signs on the factory building read, "None Equal," "The Modern Milk Man,...

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Mitchell's Glen

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Description: View of Mitchell's Glen, formerly owned by S.D. Mitchell. A rock structure accompanied by a sign reading, "Hands Off," is in front of a cabin.

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Berlin Library

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Description: Copy of an artist's rendering of an exterior view of the Berlin Public Library. Above the main entrance is carved: "Carnegie Public Library." The corner st...

Date: 2009 ca.

Description: Close-up of recreated stencil work on auditorium walls of Thrasher Opera House, featuring bows and flowers.

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Description: Exterior of Lawsonia Country Club Hotel, opened to the public in 1930. A boat landing outside the hotel leads to Green Lake.

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Dering's Yard

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Description: View of Dering's yard on Green Lake. The yard features outdoor furniture and trees, and boats are docked along a pier behind them.

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Exterior of the courthouse.

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Baptist Church

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Front view of a Baptist church.

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Description: View of State Street, looking north. The road is lined with trees and dwellings.

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West Shore

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Description: View along the west shore of Green Lake. Boats are docked on the shore near boathouses and two men can be seen on the left, one carrying a piece of wood.

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