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Overproduction leads to a devastating crash for hops farmers in the 1860s

Early Times In and Around Merrimack

In the 1860s, Sauk County became a major center of hops production in the United States, employing thousands of young men and women. Overproduction precipitated a crash in the market in 1867-68 and many growers and dealers lost everything. In this article, John Jones recounts his experiences in Merrimack during the hop crash that nearly bankrupted Sauk County.

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Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Brewing and Prohibition
Creator: Jones, John D.
Pub Data: The Baraboo Weekly News. 8 February 1923.
Citation: "Early Times In and Around Merrimack." The Baraboo Weekly News. (8 February 1923); Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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