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On This Day: June 26

1834 - New Land Districts Created

On this date an Act of Congress created the Green Bay land district (east of a line from the northern boundary of Illinois to the Wisconsin River) and west of this, the Wisconsin Land district. The act followed land cessions by Native Americans defeated in the Black Hawk War. The creation of the land districts opened up much of southeastern Wisconsin for settlement. [Source: Fond du Lac County Local History Web]

1862 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Mechanicsville, Virginia

The 5th Wisconsin Infantry and the riflemen in Company G of the U.S. Sharpshooters took part in a skirmish at Mechanicsville, Virginia.

1915 - Cornerstone Laid for YMCA

On this date, the cornerstone was laid for the new Racine YMCA building at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. [Source:]