The Physical Geography of Wisconsin

All history happens in some place. The names, facts, and dates in our history books sometimes leave the impression that the past exists only on paper between two covers, but the past is actually all around us. On at least one morning during the past 14,000 years, Indians pursued game just outside your window. With more than 100 centuries of human history behind us, crossing any bridge or hiking in any park we share the space with a Jesuit missionary or French fur trader. Less than a mile from where you're sitting, 150 years ago a pair of surveyors made... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: Increase Lapham surveys Wisconsin's trees, 1858Increase Lapham surveys Wisconsin's trees, 1858
Link to article: Memorable weather from 19th century MadisonMemorable weather from 19th century Madison
Link to book: A clergyman locates the Biblical Garden of Eden in Wisconsin, 1886A clergyman locates the Biblical Garden of Eden in Wisconsin, 1886
Link to book: A Dells Tourist Brochure, 1932A Dells Tourist Brochure, 1932
Link to book: A British scientist makes a geological tour in 1835.A British scientist makes a geological tour in 1835.
Link to book: Increase Lapham describes territorial Wisconsin for new settlers.Increase Lapham describes territorial Wisconsin for new settlers.
Link to book: American Indian legends about Wisconsin localities.American Indian legends about Wisconsin localities.
Link to book: An eyewitness history of the New Richmond tornado, 1899An eyewitness history of the New Richmond tornado, 1899
Link to images: A field in a glaciated part of Wisconsin, 1960A field in a glaciated part of Wisconsin, 1960
Link to images: A cliff in the driftless region of Wisconsin.A cliff in the driftless region of Wisconsin.
Link to images: Increase Lapham examining a meteorite, ca. 1868Increase Lapham examining a meteorite, ca. 1868
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