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Volume Listing > Volume 68 > Increase A. Lapham and the mapping of Wisconsin

Edmonds, Michael, 1952- "Increase A. Lapham and the mapping of Wisconsin"


Increase A. Lapham and the Mapping of Wisconsin: Although coming from a poor family, Lapham displayed a gift for topographical sketching while working with canal construction crews in his native New York despite not having the opportunity for formal education. After coming to Wisconsin in 1836 Lapham worked as a surveyor, naturalist, made astronomical observations and used triangulation to map archaeological sites, all skills which made him a competent mapmaker. In 1845 Lapham completed his first map, and almost yearly editions followed for the next thirty years. Through Lapham's efforts, thousands of new settlers to Wisconsin were able to receive reliable geographic information about Wisconsin. Following the article is a cartobibliography of Lapham's maps mentioned in the text. (21 pages)

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Citation: Edmonds, Michael, 1952- "Increase A. Lapham and the mapping of Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 68 /Issue: 3 (1984-1985)

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