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Term: Lac Vieux Desert, Vilas Co.

Definition: From Increase Lapham's 1844 Geographical and Topographical Description of Wisconsin:

"LAKE KATAKITTEKON or "Lac Vieux Desert," at the head of the Wisconsin river (and not of the Montreal, as was supposed) which it is probable may fall within the county of Brown. The middle of this lake was made a point in the boundary of the Territory, and hence it becomes important to ascertain its exact situation. It was visited in 1840, by Capt. Cram, who reports it as a beautiful lake, containing three islands, called North, Middle, and South Islands. Upon the south island there was an old deserted planting ground of the Indians, hence its name with the French, Lac Vieux Desert. "Lake of the Desert," as this is some times translated, is an improper name, the country about it being not a desert, but one of great fertility. ... The Lake Katakittekon is about three miles in its extreme length from north to south, and is very irregular in form."

Description from John W. Hunt's 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer: "LAC VIEUX DESERT, (Kattakittekon), is the name of a lake, the middle of which is the boundary line between this State and Michigan, between the northern corner of Marathon and Oconto counties. It is the source of the Wisconsin, and occupies a high level above the lakes. Upon this elevation are the sources of several large streams, the Ontonagon and Montreal of Lake Superior, the Menominee of Lake Michigan, and the Wisconsin and Chippewa of the Mississippi. This lake is about 4 miles long from north to south, and of very irregular shape. In the middle of it is an island which is made a point in the boundary between Michigan and Wisconsin."

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