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Term: mining in southwestern Wisconsin

Definition:

Cross Section of Lead Mine, 1844 (WHI-9026)

Father Jacques Marquette commented on the mineral deposits of the lower Wisconsin in the summer of 1673, and the Ho-Chunk, Mesquakie (Fox), Sauk, and other tribes were already mining lead there when French fur trader Nicolas Perrot began trading with them in the 1680s. For the next century, the Indians guarded the mines' locations carefully, revealing them only to a few favored traders such as Pierre Le Sueur and Julien Dubuque. Between 1804 and 1832, all the land south of the Wisconsin River came into the hands of the U.S. government. This coincided with a strong demand for lead, which was widely used in the manufacture of pewter, pipes, weights, paint, and ammunition for the firearms of an expanding U.S. military. The U.S. began to lease lead mining rights in Wisconsin in 1822, and miners flooded into southwestern Wisconsin in the 1820s and 1830s, many from Missouri which had experienced a similar lead boom a few years earlier. By 1829, more than 4,000 miners working in southwestern Wisconsin produced 13 million pounds of lead a year. In the 1830s, experienced miners began arriving from Cornwall, in southwestern England. Wisconsin lead mining peaked in the 1840s, when the state's mines yielded more than half the national lead output. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org.

View pictures relating to mining at Wisconsin Historical Images.

View related articles at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Turning Points in Wisconsin History]

110 records found

Mackinac Island
Mackinaw
Mackinaw (logging)
Mackinaw boat
Madeleine Island
Madison Alliance for Homosexual Equality (MAHE)
Madison Guard (Civil War)
Madison Sharp-shooters (Civil War)
Mahican
main deck (maritime)
mainchains (maritime)
mainline (railroads)
mainmast (maritime)
maize
Major (Civil War)
Major General (Civil War)
Make her out (logging)
Man-catcher (logging)
mangeur de lard (Fr.)
manitou
Manitowoc and Kewanee County Guards (Civil War)
mansard roof (architecture)
manufacturing in Wisconsin
maple syrup industry
Marching 12th (Civil War)
Marching 12th (Civil War)
marl (farming)
marl (mining)
Mass transportation in Wisconsin
mast (maritime)
master (maritime)
mastodon
Match-i-ku-is
mate (maritime)
mattock (farming)
Mau-quo-pin-e-no
Maughstown
maw (farming)
May Riot (1886)
meat packing industry
medecin (Fr.)
Menasha Guards (Civil War)
Mendota Guard (Civil War)
Menominee Treaty of 1831
Menominee Treaty of 1836
Menominee Treaty of 1848
Menomoneeville
meridian (survey)
Mesconsing
Messmore Guards (Civil War)
metamorphic rocks (mining)
Metchigamias
metis (Fr.)
Metzner Act
mica (mining)
mica slate (mining)
Michigan Territory
Michilimakinac County
Michilimakinak
midden (archaeology)
Midewiwin
midships (maritime)
milch (farming)
Military Ridge Road
military road
Milk strikes, 1933
mille (Fr.)
Mills Law
Milwaukee & Horicon Railroad
Milwaukee & Missississippi Railroad
Milwaukee & Watertown Railroad
Milwaukee 14
Milwaukee and Rock River Canal
Milwaukee Braves
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee German Turners (Civil War)
Milwaukee Handicraft Project
Milwaukee Light Guard (Civil War)
Milwaukee Regiment (Civil War)
Milwaukee Riflemen (Civil War)
Milwaukee Union Rifles (Civil War)
Milwaukee United School Integration Committee (MUS
Milwaukee Zouaves (Civil War)
Milwaukee-Downer College
Miners' Guard (Civil War)
mining in northern Wisconsin
mining in southwestern Wisconsin
miniskoick
mint
Mirro Aluminum Company
missionary
Missionary Ridge, Battle of
Mississippian culture (archaeology)
Mitchigami
mixed-blood
mizzen (maritime)
mizzenmast (maritime)
Moga-Shooch
Mohegan
moiety
Monongahela Rlver
Monroe County Voluneers (Civil War)
moor (maritime)
mooring bitt (maritime)
mullion (farming)
muskellunge
musqueton (Fr.)
Muzzle-loaders (logging)
Méchéygan, Lake

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