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Volume Listing > Volume 25 > Sheboygan County: out of a wilderness

Buchen, Gustave William, 1886- "Sheboygan County: out of a wilderness"

Sheboygan County, Out of a Wilderness: This is a readable summary of the development of the county that begins by describing its physical geography, forests, rivers, and fur trade before 1800. Most of the essay, however, describes the activities of white settlers after about 1830, especially how they cleared the thick forest and established farms (with the help of Indians). It describes trails, plank roads, and rivers, Yankee and German settlers, wheat cultivation, dairy farming, and how the local timber was transformed into goods in early mills and factories. Unlike most local history, it names no individual people and describes few discreet events, and even provides relatively few precise dates and locations. Instead, it discusses broad social and economic developments in the county between 1800 and 1900. (19 pages)

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Citation: Buchen, Gustave William, 1886- "Sheboygan County: out of a wilderness" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 25 /Issue: 4 (1941-1942)

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