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A miner describes his experiences in the lead mines, 1855

Personal narrative of experiences in the lead mining regions, 1855.


William Davidson came to the lead mining region around Galena, Illinois, in 1828. He soon moved north into Wisconsin to prospect at mines throughout the southwestern part of the Wisconsin territory. Davidson also served under Col. Henry Dodge during the Black Hawk War in 1832. In this reminiscence, Davidson describes his experiences as a miner and the money he earned for his labor.

Note: this manuscript has been edited for publication, and the editor's penciled notes and revisions are clearly visible. The published version is available in our online edition of Wisconsin Historical Collections, beginning on page 317 of volume 5 (1868) 



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Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin
Creator: Davidson, William
Pub Data: Manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (SC 1810). A revised version was published in Wisconsin Historical Collections, vol. 5: 317-320.
Citation: Davidson, William. "Personal narrative of experiences in the lead mining regions, 1855." Manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (SC 1810); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=674; Visited on: 4/17/2014
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