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Sinsinawa City

Sinsinawa City
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Title: Sinsinawa City
Description: Plat for a proposed Sinsinawa City (never built), in Grant County, Wis. When it became clear in the mid-1830s that Wisconsin Territory would be established, developers vied with one another for sites to be chosen the territorial capital. George Wallace Jones (1804-1896) had settled near Sinsinawa Mound in 1827 to engage in lead mining. He served as a delegate to Congress from Michigan Territory in 1835-1836 and was instrumental in passing the legislation that established Wisconsin Territory. Beneath the small vignette of a State Capitol at the upper left of this map is the signature, "B. Chambers, W. City." Benjamin Chambers (1791-1871) was an engraver in Washington, D.C., during the first half of the 19th century who performed much work for the U.S. government. This map is presumably Jones's contribution to the debate about where a capital for Wisconsin Territory should be located. At the time, the territory would have included modern Iowa and Minnesota, making Sinsinawa a central location. This is one of many plats for paper cities that were never built.

Image ID: 93398
1835 ca.
City, State: Wisconsin
Map Collection
Genre: Map or Atlas
The original map is owned by the Sinsinawa Dominican Archives, who loaned it for copying.
Subjects: Cities and towns
Capitol buildings
Mississippi River
Wisconsin River (Wis.)

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