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Volume Listing > Volume 04 > Muscoda, 1763-1856

Schafer, Joseph, 1867-1941 "Muscoda, 1763-1856"

Muscoda, 1763-1856: After reviewing the topography of this location along the lower Wisconsin River, Joseph Schafer reviews the earliest information about the Grant County town. It originally appeared in written records as English Prairie, or Savannah, names that he traces to the establishment of a fur trade post there at the end of the French and Indian War by English traders Abraham Lansing and Garrit Rosebloom. He explains how Lansing and his son were murdered in 1763 by their French assistants, and how the fame of the murder kept the name alive into the nineteenth century. The article also recounts the founding of a lead smelter there in 1836 by William Hamilton (1797-1850), reviews Hamilton's career, and relies on land records to describe the first permanent settlers and the arrival of the railroad in the 1840s and 1850s. (16 pages)

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Citation: Schafer, Joseph, 1867-1941 "Muscoda, 1763-1856" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 04 /Issue: 1 (1920-1921)

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