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Term: Wesacota River

Definition: Used for Brule River. From Increase Lapham's 1844 Geographical and Topographical Description of Wisconsin:

"WESACOTA (Brute, or Burnt river) that branch of the Menomonee which approaches nearest to the "Lac Vieux Desert," and forming therefore, a part of the northern boundary of Wisconsin. It is one of the principal branches, has a rapid current, and varies in width from eighty to one hundred feet. The bed is rocky, and it is generally so shallow as to render it difficult to ascend it with canoes, except in times of high water. The banks are thickly studded with white cedar, fir, poplar, tamarack, white birch and pine, for a great extent. There are two portages or falls, about ten miles above its junction with the Menomonee. It rises near Lake Brule. Its name is applied in consequence of the timber near its mouth having been destroyed by fire."

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