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October 2013 Odd Wisconsin

American Icons through Indian Eyes, 1830

When the Oneida and other eastern Indian nations were dispossessed of their homelands, government officials attempted to settle them on the Wisconsin frontier. They began negotiating for Menominee and Ho-Chunk territory in 1821, but those tribes were naturally reluctant to part with their own lands or to trust the U.S. government. Revisions, protests, and negotiations went on for more than...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 31, 2013

Time Machines

Wisconsin is full of weird and wild natural places such as Stand Rock and Witch's Gulch, But the places that early settlers found most remarkable were made by man, not nature. Effigy Mounds Spread all across our state, often on bluffs and highlands overlooking water, are thousands of carefully crafted mounds in the shapes of bear or deer, lizards or...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 17, 2013

The Voyageur with the Hole in his Side

When a shotgun blew a fist-sized hole in Alexis St. Martin's side on June 6, 1822, military physician William Beaumont was astonished that the young fur trader didn't simply die on the spot. Instead, he recovered, though with a permanent opening through his muscle wall into his stomach that required bandaging for the rest of his life. Unable to support...
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Posted in Odd Lives on October 8, 2013

The Man with the Branded Hand

This month, Wisconsin abolitionist Jonathan Walker will be inducted into the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame in Petersboro, N.Y. Known in his own day as "The Man with the Branded Hand," Walker is finally getting national recognition more than 150 years after his dramatic act. At the time, the poet John Greenleaf Whittier honored him with the following lines: "With...
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Posted in Odd Lives on October 1, 2013

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