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Odd Wisconsin Archive

"The fish of the state belong to the people..."

That was how commissioner of fisheries Brayton O. Webster put it, at the height of Wisconsin's Progressive Era. But presumably he didn't consult the fish.

The 1887 institution that gave its name to Madison's Fish Hatchery Road, shown here in a somewhat romanticized lithograph, was among the first fish hatcheries in the nation. Read about a visit to it in 1922 in this article from the Wisconsin State Journal, which erroneously claims it was the very first.

You can see more pictures and documents about the history of Wisconsin's natural resources on the conservation and modern environmental movement sections of Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

:: Posted in Animals on April 25, 2013
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