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The Landfall of Jean Nicolet

Date: 1907
Description: Jean Nicolet (1598-1642) was the first European to see Wisconsin and was a prominent French explorer who, for many years, lived among the Indians of Quebec...
Map or Atlas

Expedition Map of Major S.H. Long

Date: 1823
Description: In 1823 U.S. Army major Stephen H. Long led an expedition of scientific, trade, and military investigation up the Mississippi River and the Red River of th...
Map or Atlas

The State of Wisconsin Compiled from the Latest Authorities

Date: 1856
Description: This map show the surveyed southern part of state and includes "profile of the Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road." Counties are shown in pink, green, blu...
Map or Atlas

State of Wisconsin

Date: 1886
Description: This map shows U.S. land offices, completed railroads, railroad land grant limits, lakes, rivers, and Indian reservations. Communities, lakes, and rivers a...
Map or Atlas

Sectional Map of Wisconsin

Date: 1874
Description: This map shows lakes, rivers, state, county, and town boundaries, as well as railroads completed, in progress, and contemplated. The map includes a color d...
Photograph

Lake Michigan Freighter

Date: 1910
Description: Lake Michigan freighter with smoke billowing from smoke stack. Photograph taken from bow looking back toward stern.
Poster

The Burning of Chicago

Date: 1871
Description: Bird's-eye view of the Chicago fire of October 8, 1871. The hand-colored lithograph was published by Currier and Ives.
Photograph

Schooner Leaving Milwaukee Harbor

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Description: Leaving Milwaukee harbor via tugboat, this was the final voyage of the Lucia B. Simpson. Made in 1928, the Simpson was the last of the lake lumber s...
Photograph

Milwaukee Bathing Beach

Date: 1910
Description: Popular bathing beaches like this one on Lake Michigan offered relief from the heat as well as the opportunity to be seen in the latest fashions of the 191...
Map or Atlas

Wisconsin Map

Date: 1848
Description: In 1849, northern Wisconsin was composed of huge sectional regions such as Chippewa, Portage, Brown and Crawford, whereas southern Wisconsin was constitute...
Photograph

Ships in Harbor

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Description: View of ships docked at the foot of Clinton Street.
Postcard

Ferry at Frankfort

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Description: The screw ferry, Ann Arbor No. 7, at Frankfort. Later named Viking, then Viking I.
Postcard

The Great White Liner, "South American," the World's Finest Vacation on your own Great Lakes

Date: 1931
Description: Chicago, Duluth and Georgian Bay Transit Co. of Chicago, Illinois' screw passenger cruise vessel, "South American."
Photograph

Launch of the Steamer "Petoskey"

Date: April 20 1888
Description: The launching of the screw passenger and freight vessel, "Petoskey," on April 20, 1888 at Burger and Burger Builders, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Photograph

Lady Elgin Docked

Date: 1859
Description: Lithograph from Frank Leslie's Illustrated News of the sidewheel passenger, Lady Elgin, at her wharf in Chicago, Illinois in 1860. From a pho...
Photograph

The "Milwaukee" Sidewheel

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Description: The sidewheel passenger and freight, "Milwaukee," at Dewey Hill, Grand Haven, Michigan, at the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway depot.
Painting

The Schooner "Moonlight"

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Description: The three mast schooner, "Moonlight," under sail. Painting numbered No. 65. The American schooner "Moonlight" was built in Milwaukee, 1874. At one time she...
Print

Sinking of the Lady Elgin

Date: September 22 1860
Description: Sketch from the "New York Illustrated News" of the sinking of the sidewheel passenger, Lady Elgin. She was struck and sunk by the Augusta on...
Photograph

Lady Elgin at dock

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Description: A sketch of the sidewheel passenger, Lady Elgin, at her wharf in Chicago, Illinois.
Postcard

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper on Lake Michigan

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Description: The screw passenger and freight vessel, S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, on Lake Michigan. Originally named Juniata.

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