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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1955 

Description: Foundation built for the lodging house at First Capitol Historic Site. The lodging house was moved and restored in the 1950s. The corner of the Council Ho...

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Commercial Avenue

Date:  date unknown

Description: View across unpaved road of storefront on Commercial Avenue after the rain. There is a butcher shop, F. Tallada Candy and Cigars, and a saloon. A streetlig...

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Main Street

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Storefronts on Main Street. Sign on building reads: "Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer." Child standing at pump (water pump?) Two cars parked on street.

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Locomotive at Depot

Date:  date unknown

Description: View down railroad tracks of a train at the Darlington depot. A group of men are on the platform.

Date: 1876 ca.

Description: B.F. Hahn, his wife and daughter sit around a table with an intricately patterned cloth with bowls of apples and grapes. The woman rests her feet on a hass...

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South Wayne Depot

Date: 1911 

Description: View down railroad tracks towards the South Wayne depot, with an oncoming train in the distance. Railroad cars are parked on tracks behind the depot. On th...

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Bird's-Eye View

Date: 1929 

Description: Elevated view of town looking down a hill. In the foreground is a river with trees along the bank. On the other side of the river is a factory with industr...

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Pecatonica River and bridge.

Date: 1955 

Description: Building used as a lodging house for the First Territorial Legislature held in Belmont in 1836.

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Date: 2009-01 ca.

Description: Close-up of a portion of Copeland Opera House's cornice.

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High School

Date: 1922 

Description: View of the high school. The building features an arched doorway, a hip roof with three dormers on the front and one on the side, a domed steeple with an A...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Racetrack at the "Big White Fair".

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Front of St. Augustine's Catholic Church.

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Street Scene

Date: 1925 

Description: View down the street of a retail area. On either side of the street, there are storefronts, pedestrians and parked cars. Just before a steep hill is a rail...

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Photographic postcard view of a central business district. On the left is a bank, and a "Place to Eat." Horses and buggies are further down the block.

Date: 1913 

Description: View of the village during the winter. There are many homes, shops, several churches and open land. Many of the buildings are two stories high.

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Pecatonica Battleground.

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Flood in Darlington

Date: 1948-02-28 ca.

Description: View up hill of cars driving in the flooded street of the downtown area. The downtown had also flooded in 1923 and 1937. The Pecatonica River rose rapidly...

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